EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Arsenal have offered Jack Wilshere a new contract worth £110,000-a-week in a bid to to tie him down to a new deal this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Gunners are so keen to keep the England star they have offered him a package that matches his fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The contract on offer would lift Wilshere into the second bracket of earners at Emirates Stadium, behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but alongside Ramsey and Theo Walcott, who has signed a new four-year contract.
Wilshere’s camp have given indications in preliminary negotiations that the player is keen to commit to an extended deal that includes a substantial pay rise.
This is a boost for Arsenal as they press ahead with plans to reach an agreement even though he has three years to run on his existing £90,000-a-week package.
Arsenal want to avoid a situation where Wilshere could be antagonised into pushing for a move. The England midfielder is a target of Manchester United and he is also being linked with their neighbours Manchester City.
Football Insider understands that Arsenal have no intention of cashing in on their youth Academy graduate and will reject any bids for him.
Manager Arsene Wenger retains full faith in the Gunners talisman despite some off-field controversies and the series of serious injuries that have stalled his progress since his breakthrough 2010-11 campaign.
It promises to be an important season for the 23-year-old, who played 75 minutes of Arsenal’s win over Wolfsburg on Sunday in the two-day Emirates Cup tournament.
Despite concerns about Wilshere’s injury record, Arsenal will refute all offers, including any over £30million, for a player who joined the club as an eight-year-old.
Wilshere made just 23 Arsenal appearances last season and was sidelined by yet another of the ankle injuries that have been such a disruption to his career for nearly six months.