According to a recent report published by the Daily Star, Manchester City and Chelsea are looking to sign Jack Wilshere. The English midfielder’s contract is set to end at the end of this season and Arsenal are yet to begin talks.
Jack Wilshere was once tipped to be the best English midfielder. But like many others, injuries hit him hard, slowing his impressive progress in the early days. The Stevenage born midfielder is a product of the Arsenal Youth Academy.
In 2008, he signed his first professional contract with the Gunners. In September 2008, the Englishman made his competitive debut coming on as a substitute for Robin Van Persie. At the age of 16 years and 256 days, he became the youngest-ever league debutant in Arsenal’s history.
During the 2010-11 season, Jack Wilshere became a more regular member in the Arsenal squad. That season, he made 49 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. But then came the slump. A couple of injuries saw him out for seasons at moment and he was labelled ‘injury prone’ since then.
In his 10 seasons as a professional footballer, the 25-year old has managed to rack up only 202 appearances in all competitions. Considering his initial growth, this is a very small number.
Towards the end of last season, he picked him an injury during his loan spell with Bournemouth. This kept him out for the starting weeks of this season.
With his contract set to expire at the end of this season, some of the Premier League giants are interested in him. The Daily Mail claims that Manchester City and Chelsea are watching the player closing.
Arsenal are yet to begin contract negotiations. The London side was looking to wait until Wilshere proves his fitness. But the Gunners are now forced to sit down with his representative and hope to reach an agreement as soon as possible.
If Jack Wilshere can prove his fitness, City and Chelsea are willing to make a move once his contract runs down at the end of the season. This means Arsenal will have to somehow finalize a deal in the coming weeks as the player can begin talks with any club from January.