Jack Wilshere linked with shock switch to Liverpool
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been tipped to follow former Gunner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool at the end of the current campaign. The England international has just five months left on his existing deal at the Emirates Stadium, and talks over an extension are still ongoing between him and the club.
According to The Sun, Jurgen Klopp could make his second raid in as many seasons on the Gunners with Wilshere available on a free transfer, should he decline a new contract with the north London side. Wilshere become a regular under Arsene Wenger during Aaron Ramsey’s time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and his performances caught the eye of several pundits as well as national team coach Gareth Southgate.
However, with Ramsey back in the starting lineup, the 26-year-old faces a similar situation of the past with his chances of featuring in the attacking midfield also limited following the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United last month.
Klopp has managed to bring the best of Oxlade-Chamberlain during the midfielder’s short time around Anfield, but luring Wilshere from the Emirates may not be easy as said with the Englishman having expressed his desire to prolong his Gunners career.
The Stevenage-born ace has become a fan favourite during his decade-long spell in the Gunners’ first-team, and reports suggest that he may have to take a pay-cut to sign an extension, though this will be covered in terms of add-ons based on appearances and performances.
Arsene Wenger managed to commit Mesut Ozil to a long-term deal shortly after the arrivals of Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month, and he will be aiming to continue the positive vibe around the club by committing Wilshere among others including Aaron Ramsey to extended deals. Arsenal are presently five points behind the Champions League spots after a 5-1 rout of Everton in the top-flight last weekend.