Jack Wilhere has been a Bournemouth player (at least on loan) for less than a month but the club is already open to the idea of a permanent move for the midfielder.
Beset by injuries in recent seasons, it’s been some time since Arsenal supporters saw the very best of the 24-year-old, following a bright start to his career at the London. However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger surprised many by allowing the Stevenage native leave on loan at the very end of the summer transfer window.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has already spoke of his delight with the player, describing how he is thriving in the player environment he had created in Dorset. Now, however, as reported by The Sun, the club’s chairman has declared their interest in discussing a possible permanent deal for the player even joking about a transfer fee in the region of £64 million.
“The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfil what he wants,” Jeff Mostyn, speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester.
“Whether or not we will go beyond a season, I think everything is possible. You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal. If that was the case then we couldn’t disagree with his decision – and the decision will be his.
“But if there is a possibility and Eddie Howe decides that he’s somebody he wants to keep it will be up to him. He will have to persuade [owner] Maxim Demin to unload a huge treasure chest in order to keep him. That would be the $64m question – it may even be the £64m transfer fee!”
Wilshere remains a firm fans’ favourite at the Emirates, despite his injury problems, while Wenger himself has said that he sees the England international as a possible future manager at Arsenal. However, the lure of regular first team football and remaining at a club that finally helps get his career back on track could be very welcome by next summer.
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