Crystal Palace are among the clubs interested in taking Jack Wilshere on loan after the England midfielder was informed he could leave Arsenal in search of more first-team football
Jack Wilshere is considering loan offers from a number of Premier League clubs, led by Crystal Palace, as well as from Roma and Celtic after the England international was informed he would be allowed to leave Arsenal in search of regular first-team football.
Wilshere has been limited to two substitute appearances to date this season as Arsne Wenger has opted to start with a combination of the new signing Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla in central midfield. Wilshere, who was left out of Sam Allardyces first England squad on Sunday despite being in Roy Hodgsons party for Euro 2016, has mutually agreed with Wenger that he would be best served by leaving the Emirates stadium after two injury-ravaged seasons there.
Roma emerged as early suitors for his signature while Celtic, who have qualified for the Champions League, are also interested despite the players 90,000-a-week salary his parent club could contribute a proportion of the wages though the 24-year-old is apparently more inclined to explore his options to remain in Englands top flight.
Arsenal will not countenance his departure to a direct rival for a top-four finish, which would scupper Evertons interest in the player, but Palace are understood to head a list of English clubs keen to take him on.
Their manager, Alan Pardew, who sold Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa earlier this month but expects to add two more players on Wednesday, had been seeking to bolster his midfield options and initially asked the clubs hierarchy to thrash out a deal for Evertons James McCarthy or the Venezuela captain Toms Rincn, of Genoa. They have since been offered encouragement that Wilshere would be willing to join on a seasons loan.
The player, who will also consider strong interest from Watford and Bournemouth among others, will make his final decision on deadline day as the window ticks down.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have confirmed the arrivals of the striker Lucas Prez, who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season for Deportivo La Corua, for an undisclosed fee believed to be around 17m, and Shkodran Mustafi in a 35m move from Valencia.
Im delighted. Its a massive step in my career to come to a club with the history and quality that Arsenal have and be able to play in competitions like the Premier League and the Champions League. Im very proud and happy to be here, said Prez. The Premier League is very popular in Spain and I always try to watch matches whenever I can. Arsenal have top-quality players and play some great football, so they were one of the teams I watched most.
Mustafi, who has been capped 12 times by Germany and was part of Joachim Lw squad for Euro 2016, said of his move from Spain to London: It took some time but finally Im here and Im happy to have made a step forward in my career again, because I think it is a step forward to have joined this club. I hope Im going to have a great time here.
When a club comes in and shows interest, and its a club like Arsenal, that makes you feel special. When I heard of the interest and I saw people trying to get me here and the situation wasnt the easiest but when you see that people really want to get you here, it gives the feeling that youre wanted.
He added: Im only 24 but Ive played in Italy, in Germany and in England, where I had some time with Everton. Then I played in Spain, so Ive tried to take some of the style of the different countries.
On his way out of Arsenal is Calum Chambers, who has joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old moved from Southampton in 2014 but has struggled to establish himself at the Emirates Stadium, although he did score in the opening day defeat by Liverpool.
The German winger Serge Gnabry is also likely to leave Arsenal before the close of Wednesdays transfer window, with Werder Bremen close to completing a deal for the 21-year-old, according to the Bundesliga clubs director of sport, Frank Baumann.
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