Jack Wilshere’s ill-fated Arsenal career is drawing to a close with Turkish club Antalyspor the latest to show an interest in signing the England international.
According to Turkish-Football, the Scorpions have contacted Arsenal already over Wilshere’s availability. However, club president Ali Safak Ozturk, is not convinced it is a deal which is going to happen. The Gunners are demanding a fee of £20m which may seem a bargain in the current transfer market but Ozturk declared, “Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere. It will be a difficult move to pull off.”
Not least is convincing Wilshere, 25, to move away from England where he has close ties to his two children from a former relationship. Recently married, the midfielder reluctantly moved to Bournemouth last season in an attempt to prove his match fitness. It seemed to be progressing nicely until April when he suffered a knee injury which ended his season.
Entering the last year of his contract, Arsenal are keen to move him off their wage bill but recently rebuffed an attempt by Crystal Palace to take him on loan. The Daily Telegraph reports that Newcastle United and Swansea City are both interested in a permanent move for the England international.
Antalyspor are no strangers to big money moves with Samuel Eto’o and former Spurs midfielder Sandro, in their ranks.