Arsenal's Jack Wilshere wanted by Manchester City
Published 08/04/2015 | 08:41
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is one of two Englishmen on Manchester City's wishlist this summer.
Wilshere and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson are the two surprise names touted with a potential switch to the Etihad as City look to bolster their English contingent in their line-up for next season.
Joe Hart has often been the sole Englishman in the starting XI while compatriot James Milner is out of contract in the summer and has yet to agree a fresh deal.
Wilshere and Henderson are thought to be realistic targets, according to the report in the Mail. Wilshere has spent much of the current campaign on the sidelines with an ankle injury but made his latest return for Arsenal's U21s last night.
While Wilshere's history of niggly injuries is a concern for City, it may be a risk the champions feel is worth taking on a player who, at just 23-years-old still has his best years in front of him.
Arsenal and City have done plenty of business in recent years too - albeit one way - with City spending £80m on Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the battle to sign Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa.
The Spain international looks set to leave the Bernabeu in the summer after struggling to make it into Carlo Ancelotti's first team plans.
Even though Ancelotti's own future looks uncertain, Arbeloa could be looking for a fresh start as he is behind Dani Carvajal in the right-back pecking order while £23m signing Danilo from Porto will add competition further in the summer.
The former Liverpool defender has been linked with a return to Anfield, but could fancy his chances plying his trade in north London.
Arsenal have had problems finding a regular right-back as Mathieu Debuchy has been sidelined for much of the campaign with different injuries.