Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is ready to quit the club following a standoff regarding his contract.
The midfielder has just four months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates, where he currently earns £120,000-a-week. The Gunners were initially reluctant to offer him a new deal considering his lengthy injury record, but finally offered new terms after the England international proved that he is over his injury problems.
Since his return to the first team, he has made 15 Premier League appearances and has completed 90 minutes on 20 occasions, and has been credited with making some impressive and energetic displays, although not by Roy Keane.
However, despite speculation suggesting he is close to committing his future to the club, a report in The Sun today claims that there is ‘no chance’ that Wilshere will be signing the offer that is currently on the table.
He is thought to be stunned that the club expect him to take a 25% pay cut, especially at a time when the club have loosened the shackles on their purse strings. Mesut Ozil has just become the highest paid player at the club, receiving a pay rise of over £200,000-a-week, while new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both earning twice the amount that Wilshere has been offered.
While Arsene Wenger has publicly declared that talks are progressing well, Wilshere is now ready to quit the club. He is free to talk to foreign clubs right now, and would be able to make a free transfer to any club he likes once the transfer window re-opens in July.