Following Arsenal’s surprise decision to allow Jack Wilshere to depart on loan for the season, a number of clubs have already mead their interest known.
Front and centre to take the England international are, according to a report in the Telegraph this afternoon, Serie A side Roma.
Arsene Wenger has told Wilshere he can go away on a temporary basis in order to play regular first team football, something which would be in short supply at the Emirates due to the sizeable competition in the Gunners midfield, and a spell in Rome could be the answer.
Wilshere will not be short offers in the next 24 hours, but Wenger’s reluctance to let him join a Premier League rival has opened the door for clubs on the continent.
Though Roma would not be able to offer the 24-year-old Champions League football this season, Wlshere would still play a role in their league title challenge, as well as their Europa League campaign.
The presence of teammate Wojciech Szczesny at the Stadio Olimpico – also on a loan spell – would be an advantage for the Giallorossi; having both players at the club would be beneficial for when it comes to reporting on the loan players’ progress.
However, the player’s salary could be an issue. Roma would need Arsenal to pay some of Wilshere’s reported £90,000 per week ages as finances around the club are tight at the minute. Although the Gunners would be reluctant to go along with that, they may accept it if it ultimately means that he leaves before Wednesday night’s deadline.
Should the move to Roma not come to fruition, the likes of Valencia, Crystal Palace and Juventus are all rumoured to be interested. They will have to move fast, however – the clock is ticking with just over 24 hours remaining in this transfer window.