Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bournemouth bid for Wilshere 'unlikely'

Wilshere faces an uncertain future at Bournemouth. Photo: REUTERS
Wilshere faces an uncertain future at Bournemouth. Photo: REUTERS

Matt Law

Jack Wilshere is facing an uncertain future with his loan club Bournemouth unlikely to try to sign him permanently at the end of the season and Arsenal not planning to offer the midfielder any guarantees about playing on his return.

The midfielder is on a season-long deal with Bournemouth and will have only 12 months remaining on his Arsenal contract when he goes back to the Emirates.

Wilshere has successfully proved his fitness at Bournemouth by starting 17 Premier League games and is a popular figure at the club.

But the 25-year-old's performances are yet to convince Bournemouth that they should make a club-record bid for him in the summer. His assist in the 6-3 defeat by Everton on Saturday was only his second of the season and Wilshere is yet to score a goal for them in 21 appearances.

Bournemouth paid a club-record £15m fee for Jordon Ibe last summer and manager Eddie Howe knows it would take more than that to stand any chance of signing Wilshere, even with his contract running down.

Howe has recently reshuffled his recruitment team after a number of the club's signings, including Ibe, failed to make an impact .

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed they will try to agree a new deal with Wilshere and that the England international still has a future at the club he joined as a nine-year-old. But there is no plan in place to offer him any guarantees or make any special provision within the squad for his return.

That could leave Wilshere having to look for another club, as the player has already made it clear that he does not want to sit on the bench at this stage of his career. Arsenal have been keeping a close eye on Wilshere's performances at Bournemouth, but it was revealing that the club did not try to include a recall clause in his deal to cover for the injuries and suspensions they have suffered.

The ongoing uncertainty over the futures of Wenger, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez does not help Wilshere's situation. Were Ozil to refuse a new contract and leave Arsenal, then Wilshere could compete for the No 10 position. Any change in the managerial situation could also impact on him.

AC Milan and Roma tried to sign Wilshere on loan last summer, and could attempt to take him to Italy again. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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