Genoa based Serie A side Sampdoria are reportedly hoping to land Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere for less than £10 million this summer.
The Three Lions star shone brightly when he clipped the wings of Barcelona when the Gunners met the Catalan side in 2011. The 19-year old was prophesized to be the new superstar at the Emirates stadium. Alas, we are still waiting as his current deal winds down to the final twelve months.
Coach Arsene Wenger had the dream of lifting titles with talented youngsters. Financial Fair Play was in play and the stadium debt had interest on it. After issues with the deals of AbouDiaby, Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo da Silva, Wilshere seemed one that would stand out. However a fragile ankle became the player’s nightmare.
Wilshere struggled with fitness and after he lost his place in the national side due to lack of regular game time, he agreed to a season wide loan at Bournemouth. The 25-year old managed to stay fit for most part of the season before he broke his leg, cutting his loan spell short. Now tenth placed Italian side Sampdoriaare pricing him for around £9 million.
The valuation is likely because the player is in his final 12 months and with his fitness record, it is funny that West Ham wanted him for around £30 million months back. Funny enough, Wilshere is a homegrown talent that top flight clubs should want. His experience and offerings are quite commendable but not many sides want him. New boys Huddersfield were linked with the player but nothing concrete has happened so far.
A former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva opines that the next move is largely dependent on Wilshere himself, not much on the club and certainly not much on prospective employers.