According to the Daily Star, Everton are the favourites to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer. The Toffees are reportedly willing to offer the midfielder a contract worth £90,000 per week.
The central midfielder has just a few months left on his contract at Arsenal. The England international has been offered new terms in north London. However, reportedly he would have to take a 25 per cent wage cut to stay at Arsenal, his preferred summer option.
Been in decent form
Wilshere has been in decent form in recent months, showing glimpses of the sort of play that made him one of the most highly regarded young midfielders in Europe during his younger years.
He has the ability to take games by the scruff of the neck and drive his team forward. Unfortunately, he has not shown enough of that sort of drive and quality in recent years for Arsenal.
Some cynics have been saying that the midfielder has only upped his game to win a new deal. However, it seems that if he is to stay at Arsenal it will be on vastly reduced wages.
Picked up another injury
The main issue that has affected Wilshere’s career is that he cannot seem to avoid injuries. The midfielder received a recall to the England squad for the recent friendly games against the Netherlands and Italy.
However, he withdrew from the squad due to injury. England boss Gareth Southgate stated that the reason Wilshere withdrew from the Three Lions squad was that he had inflamed knee tendons.
It would be another blow to Wilshere if he had to miss anymore football due to injuries, as he finally looked like he had overcome the injuries that have plagued him for the best part of the last decade.
However, reports claim that the midfielder could well be fit enough to play for Arsenal against Stoke on Sunday afternoon.
Not sure what to make of Wilshere
I have to admit I am not sure what to make of the Wilshere situation. It seems when he is fit and injury-free he is a real asset to the team. However, those injury problems will always be in the back of your mind when it comes to Wilshere.
The Arsenal hierarchy are opting on the side of caution with the contract offer, which presumably is appearance related. It would be disappointing to see the midfielder leave for another club and impress, though. However, history has told us that at some stage, he will sustain another serious injury and then the club paying his wages will be paying the player a lot of money for maybe not a lot of appearances.
Will Jack Wilshere join Everton this summer?