The phone lines at Arsenal were busy yesterday with 22 clubs enquiring about taking Jack Wilshere, 24, on a season-long loan.
And the England midfielder is ready to move south of the River Thames to Crystal Palace as he seeks regular playing time to reignite his career.
After being omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, Wilshere sought talks with Arsène Wenger over his future. The Arsenal boss reassured him that he was a central figure in his long-term plans but agreed a spell on loan would help him regain his sharpness.
Offers from Roma, AC Milan and Valencia were all rejected in favour of a move to Selhurst Park with Wilshere’s desire to remain close to his children an understandable driver his final choice.
With Arsenal demanding £85,000 per week as a loan fee, there is still scope for the deal to fall through but Palace are in dire straits, without a win this season and desperate to avoid a relegation fight.
Milan are keen to take him to Serie A, with the former European champions ready to add the option of a £30m fee to make the deal permanent next summer.
It’s understood that whilst Wenger is prepared to let Wilshere leave on loan, he won’t sanction any deal which may result in a permanent move away from the Emirates.
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