It appears that for some time Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career has been up in the air but as we move into the back end of June, one thing is clear, Wilshere’s contract is up this at the end of this month and nobody seems sure of what’s going on.
After failing to break into England’s squad for the FIFA World Cup despite some impressive performances for the Gunners this season, Wilshere’s stock seems to have suffered little much like England’s Netbet World Cup odds after beating Tunisia on Monday night.
Rumours have it that new Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to retain the 26-year-old services but that showdown talks do not seem to be progressing very far, so after a decade of service in North London, who else is in the frame to take the undoubtedly talented midfielder (when fit)?
Italian giants Juventus look like laying a strong claim to the Wilshere throne.
Having moved ahead of their rivals according to the bookmakers, Juventus would see snapping up Wilshere on a free as something of a coup and it could suit the midfielder down to the ground.
Swapping North London for Turin would all but guarantee silverware and European football (something that is not guaranteed at Arsenal) and would also be seen as something of a step up as opposed to a step-down.
The move entirely depends on Wilshere would be happy to leave England behind, but if he does, then even the England national football team may benefit from Wilshere’s continental experience.
If Wilshere opts to stay in the UK and in particular London, then West Ham have been known to be interested.
A player of Jack’s ability would be a coup for the club’s owners who are under increasing pressure to invest and sign a marquee player or two.
Wilshere would certainly appease fans and of fit, would no doubt be the Hammers star man.
Playing at the Olympic Stadium may also appeal but another season mixing it at the lower end of the table is surely beneath Wilshere’s talents.
Why not? Wolves have significant investment and made the Championship look easy and are set to light up the Premier League next season with players such as Ruben Neves.
Joining Wolves now could be a shrewd move and one that may pay dividends over the next few years.
The Blues could swoop for the Englishman although right now it seems unlikely with even their managers future uncertain.
However, never say never in football as stranger things have happened in football and the simple truth is money talks.
Paris St Germain
French giants PSG have emerged as potential candidates to sign the England midfielder ready for the new season.
According to leading French sports publication L’Equip, Wilshere is high on the list of transfer targets by club owners Qatar Sports Investments with the fact he is available on a free transfer only adding to Wilshere’s value.
Whereas the rumours are rife that Wilshere will leave, there is the possibility that he will stay in North London.
Wilshere’s agent has been shopping the midfielder around Europe’s top clubs and leaving the Emirates remains the most likely scenario, Wilshere is comfortable in London and may want to fight for his place under new coach Emery.