Speculation has increased in recent days suggesting that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is about to leave the Emirates, and it is thought that no fewer than seven clubs are now locked in a battle for the highly rated 26-year-old.
Wilshere, who came through the youth ranks at the Gunners, has reportedly turned down a new contract, after being asked to take a pay cut while new Arsenal manager Unai Emery making it clear to him that he would only be a fringe player next season.
His current contract with the North London club expires this summe, with Premier League clubs Everton, Wolves, West Ham and Crystal Palace all interested in signing the one time golden boy of English football.
If Wilshere decides to try something different though, there is also set to be plenty of takers in Italy with Juventus, Sampdoria and AC Milan all lining up offers, although with the England international being the father to three young kids a move abroad seems unlikely.
Wilshere burst onto the scene as a hugely talented 17-year-old and was tipped for a bright future with both club and Country.
However, constant injury issues have meant he hasn’t yet come close to fulfilling his potential and despite the fact he is still highly rated by many in the game, a career best of three goals and four assists in 2013/14 does not make great reading for a supposedly creative midfielder.
Wilshere was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summers World Cup in Russia as the Three Lions boss apparently doesn’t trust the players’ fitness to endure the rigours of tournament football.