As reported by The Sun, Arsenal star Jack Wilshere would prefer to stay at the Emirates this summer rather than leave, despite not yet signing a new contract at the club.
Wilshere has battled hard to win his way back into Arsene Wenger’s first team plans but his future at the club is very much in doubt with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
The Sun report that the player, who earns £120,000-a-week, will not take a 25% pay cut as offered by the Gunners.
However, he still wants to stay at the club and is hoping manager Arsene Wenger can intervene on his behalf and convince the decision makers to pay him closer to his current weekly wage, according to the paper.
Will the situation be resolved by the summer, or will the two parties go into the transfer window at odds?
Wilshere’s main problem at Arsenal over the last few years has been his injury and fitness issues, but this season has proven he is capable of remaining available for large chunks of the season, making 31 appearances in all competitions.
He adds a drive to the Arsenal midfield that other players lack at the club and can be a part of their rebuilding process next year as they look to challenge for major honours.
In today’s transfer market it would likely take tens of millions to replace the England international, meaning it makes more sense for the club to offer him a contract close to his currents terms, rather than trying to sign him up on the cheap.