Arsenal are to try and fend off interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City in Jack Wilshere by offering the midfielder a new five-year deal which will see his wages double, according to the Sunday Mirror.
City are determined to boost their quota of homegrown players at the Etihad and Wilshere is believed to be a top priority, along with Liverpool’s unsettled star Raheem Sterling and Aston Villa skipper Fabian Delph.
However, the Gunners are prepared to fight tooth and nail to hang on to Wilshere, who has been at the club his whole life and who has recently put in some impressive performances for club and country.
In a career that has so far been blighted by injury, the 23-year-old showcased his talents last week with two stunning goals in England’s 3-2 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
Such displays have alerted City, who will attempt to lure Wilshere north with a promise of higher wages and a higher chance of winning silverware.