The Gunners haven’t had the best start to the season and as much as Arsenal fans will be thinking about new signings in January, one midfielder may be on his way out come the new year.
This midfielder is Jack Wilshere. The 25-year-old has struggled to get regular first-team football since returning to the club after his loan spell at AFC Bournemouth. With the World Cup just around the corner, Wilshere will be hoping to play as much football as possible to impress England manager Gareth Southgate and with how things are going in North London, he may have to leave the club to gain the game time needed.
One club that have their sights set on the English midfielder is Real Betis. The Spanish side are looking to take Wilshere from Arsenal, but the type of deal is yet to be confirmed. Either he would be leaving instantly, which would be more beneficial but would require a large transfer fee or he will be joining on a pre-contract agreement meaning he won’t officially join Betis until the summer. With this in mind, Wenger has been weighing up his options and according to The Guardian, the Arsenal manager will be looking to bring in a man from Manchester United. This man is Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgian has rejected a new deal at Old Trafford and is looking to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. Now I’m sure many clubs will have Fellaini on their books after hearing this news but Arsenal could be a great move for the 29-year-old. Staying in the Premier League would be an easy option for Fellaini, and the midfielder would bring a unique style to the Emirates, with many of Arsenal’s attackers being fairly short, meaning they are unable to provide the aerial threat that Fellaini possesses. Other clubs that seem to be interested in the former Everton man include Turkish outfit Besiktas and Italian side Inter Milan.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has not given up on his pursuit to keep the midfielder. The club are “working on a compromise deal” and Mourinho is hoping to persuade Fellaini to stay at Old Trafford. This effort may include talks with Spanish side Valencia, as United hope to bring in 20-year-old prospect Carlos Soler and Fellaini could potentially be used in such a deal. Valencia, however, will be doing everything in their powers to keep hold of their wonderkid and a cash deal would seem like the obvious choice if they were willing to let Soler go.