According to the Mirror, Jack Wilshere’s days as an Arsenal player are numbered with Arsene Wenger open to offers for the midfielder this summer.
The England international wasn’t included in the Gunners touring party for pre-season games in Australia and China as he’s still working his way back to fitness after suffering a fractured leg in May while on loan at Bournemouth.
Like several other players at the Emirates, Wilshere is now into the final 12 months of his current contract and would be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January. Seemingly out of the club’s long-term thinking, it’s claimed the club would rather sell now to avoid losing him on a free.
Serie A side Sampdoria have reportedly made an offer of £6 million for the 25-year-old. That seems ludicrously low given his pedigree, but at the same time he’s only mustered 146 Premier League appearances since making his debut nine years ago.
This time last year it felt like Arsene Wenger was very eager to retain Wilshere. That was until the player, faced with considerable competition in midfield, pressed for a loan move after missing out on an England selection. In hindsight, it looks as though that decision was the beginning of the end.