By Will Butcher
Manchester City will look to replace Yaya Toure with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in the summer, according to a report.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that Man City will rival Italian giants AS Roma and AC Milan to sign Wilshere, as they look to replace Yaya Toure when his contract runs out in 2017.
England international Wilshere is looking to earn a new contract at the Emirates, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018 but could find himself leaving instead.
The 24-year-old is currently on loan at Premier League side Bournemouth, where is he looking to rid himself of his injury demons that have interrupted his career so far.
Starring in the middle of midfield for Eddie Howe’s Cherries, Wilshere has played a crucial part in Bournemouth’s season as they continue to defy pre-season expectations by avoiding a relegation dog fight.
His ability to glide past opponents with the ball at his feet as well as a superb array of intricate and cutting passes has been noticed by the Serie A duo, who were in the race to sign him in the summer from Arsenal on deadline day.
But City are now also set to join the race as Pep Guardiola looks to increase the quota of English players available to him.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsenal would be foolish to lose a player of Wilshere’s raw talent and quality, and should offer him a new deal despite his troubles with injury. His best years are still ahead of him and a contract extension should be high on the agenda of French manager Wenger. However, if Wenger is adamant that he does want to sell his academy product, then he must sell Wilshere to either of the Italian clubs as the midfielder could come back to haunt his old side if he was allowed to join Manchester City. Whichever team ends up with Wilshere, they will be receiving a player that possesses immense quality that can improve any side.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are favourites to sign this Premier League superstar.