Arsenal to offer Jack Wilshere double-your-money deal to snub Man City
Arsenal will look to head off Manchester City's interest in Jack Wilshere by offering him a new fiveyear, double-your-money contract.
The Sunday Mirror reveals that City are desperate to bolster their quota of homegrown players and Wilshere is on their shopping list, along with Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph.
Wilshere still has three years of his current deal to run, but Arsenal are ready to take his wages into the £100,000-a-week bracket to ensure he stays at the Emirates.
However, The Star on Sunday claims Wilshere is torn over his future - giving City hope they can clinch a £40 million deal.
It seems England's two-goal hero in Slovenia last Sunday is understood to be concerned at how many matches he'll start for Arsenal next season.
That's because of the midfield competition at the Emirates, which will be increased if Arsenal land William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.
Wilshere is even believed to have sounded out England team-mates about living in the Manchester area.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have lost out on Monaco star Geoffrey Kondogbia, with AC Milan close to concluding a deal for the defensive midfielder.
Reports in France claim Arsenal bid £9 million for the player but were blown out of the water by Milan, who agreed personal terms on Friday and have now finalised a £20 million fee.
They have offered the 22-year-old a four-year contract and a salary of £2.5 million a year.
Petr Cech is being given a £4 million kiss-off from Chelsea as a "thank you" from owner Roman Abramovich, writes The Sunday People.
Goalkeeper Cech is in line for the payment from the billionaire Russian when his move to Arsenal is completed later this week.
Arsenal have made contact with Borussia Dortmund over the potential transfer of midfielder Sven Bender.
That is according to German paper Bild, who say Liverpool and Southampton are also in the market for his services.
Bender apparently earns in the region of £2.2 million a year, with new Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel keen to get him off the wage bill.