Saturday 23 September 2017

Jack Wilshere Arsenal future in doubt as Gunners target Atletico star

Jack Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth
Jack Wilshere is on loan at Bournemouth

Samuel Lovett

Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future looks to be in jeopardy after reports linked the midfielder with a permanent move away from the Emirates.

Currently on loan at Bournemouth, the 24-year-old has thrived at the Vitality Stadium after struggling with injury and form for a number of seasons at Arsenal.

According to the Daily Star, AC Milan, Everton and Manchester City would all be keen to sign the player in the summer on account of his impressive performances under Eddie Howe.

Although the player currently has 18 months left at Arsenal, the club have made no effort to begin talks over a new deal and news that Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin all signed extended contracts will likely concern Wilshere.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, according to Spanish publication AS.

The Gunners can expect competition, however, with Manchester United and Chelsea both interested in the 23-year-old.

Carrasco, who has scored 10 goals in 19 games this season, arrived from Monaco last year but reports suggest he has already grown unsettled and manager Diego Simeone may be willing to cash in on the player’s £85m release clause.

The club are also continuing to pursue Pierre-Emerick Aubaymeyang and have been handed a supposed ‘major boost’.

Real Madrid have been linked to the player but SportsBild suggests the La Liga side are no longer interested in the forward, stating “he is not the type of player who fits Zinedine Zidane's requirements”.

If true, the door could be open for Arsenal to step up their pursuit – especially if they cash in on Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal face a battle to land Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac, reports The Metro. The Bosnia international is reportedly wanted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus after impressing in the Bundesliga this season.

The north London club will need to act quickly though after Sky Italia claimed Antonio Conte is close to making a bid.

Lastly, Borussia Dortmund have been ruled out of making a move for Arsenal youngster Gedio Zelalem.

Zelalem impressed during a loan spell with Rangers last term, making 21 appearances, and despite failing to break through at Arsenal this season, the player has been linked with a move to Dortmund.

But speaking to ESPN, Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel quashed all transfer speculation after admitting the club aren’t looking to sign anyone.

"I don't think that we add somebody [in January],” he said.

"We had a lot of new players and it all takes time [to settle]. Even the German guys, who have a lot of experience, you have to admit that it took its time for them [to settle]. Every change in a club takes time.”

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