Juventus Reportedly Eye Jack Wilshere Amid New Arsenal Contract Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Juventus have reportedly made an inquiry about signing Jack Wilshere, but the Arsenal midfielder remains eager to pen a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

According to John Cross in the Mirror, the Old Lady will be disappointed in their pursuit of the 26-year-old. Wilshere is prepared to commit his future to the Gunners despite the likelihood he will have to take a pay cut.

The midfielder's Arsenal deal expires at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, meaning he is permitted to discuss and sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club.

The England international has enjoyed a rare injury-free campaign this term and has benefited with a long run in the Arsenal first team and a decent spell of form.

It is little surprise Juve are interested in snapping him up for free in the summer. 

Per Cross, Arsenal are offering Wilshere £90,000 per week to extend his stay at the Emirates—his current deal is worth £110,000 per week—but the playmaker is prepared to commit, likely due to the large incentives reportedly included in the deal.

Because of Wilshere's injury record, it seems reasonable for Arsenal to prepare a new deal that cuts his basic wage but will reward him should he stay fit and perform well.

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His long spells on the sidelines during his career have prevented him from reaching his huge potential.

But given he is only 26, the Arsenal academy graduate still has a chance to prove his worth at the Emirates.

Arsenal have been plagued by contract issues with some of their key players in recent years.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez held off on penning new terms for some time before the former committed to the club for a further three-and-a-half years on Feb. 1. However, the latter left for Manchester United in January in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool last summer, having entered the final year of his deal in north London.

Despite the interest from Juve, though, it looks like Wilshere will remain at Arsenal and commit his future to the club, a move likely to be welcomed by Gunners fans.