As the story of Arteta vs Emery unfolds, there has been a breakthrough in the new deal negotiations between Arsenal and Jack Wilshere, according to Evening Standard.
The club have made a slightly improved offer to the player. Apparently, his wages would still be significantly performance incentivised, but the report claims Wilshere would have to complete reasonably fewer minutes and appearances in order to trigger maximum pay-out, believed to be £100k per week.
The story of Wilshere’s potential departure this summer has been going on for quite a while now, and he’s been linked with a number of clubs. Juventus are, however, the only side to have made a concrete offer to the midfielder, having expressed an interest in his services as far back as several years ago.
Wilshere has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia and he didn’t hide his disappointment at the omission. The moment only added more frustration as his contract negotiations seemed to be going nowhere, even though good will from both the player and the club was never questioned.
However, now it seems the tables have positively turned for him at least on that front. The new deal is expected to be finalized and signed within the coming days.
Meanwhile, the club’s efforts to reach an agreement with former captain Mikel Arteta seem to have hit a snag. The former captain, heavily reported as the frontrunner for the job, has reportedly demanded assurances of his inclusion into decisions regarding transfers. Seeing how he would only have £50million to spend, he wants to know his views will be respected in terms of who stays and who goes, as well as who comes in. If he doesn’t get those assurances, he’d be happy to remain at his current job at Manchester City.
The club have therefore scheduled a meeting with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery as they wish to consider other options before making a final decision.