Arsenal are set to offer Theo Walcott a massive £25 million over five years to get him to stay with the club. Will he take it?
Arsenal finally seem to be getting somewhere as the negotiations between the club and Theo Walcott’s representatives roll on.
Reports this morning have suggested Walcott will be offered a package worth £90,000 per week over five years but more significantly, a £3 million signing on bonus if he commits to the new long term deal.
Walcott originally said that his motives behind a delay in signing a new contract were not financial but linked to the position he plays in.
Well that seems to have been a loan of rubbish considering Walcott has been played as a central striker in recent weeks, still refusing to commit to a new deal with the Gunners.
This offer could be the final straw for Arsenal who seem reluctant to pay over £100,000 per week for any player as they look to retain the financial integrity of the club.
Walcott has already turned down a new deal with Arsenal which was worth £75,000 per week leading to speculation that he could leave the club and sign for Liverpool.
Arsenal have had little choice but to go along with the whole affair because Walcott has been one of the most effective players at the club scoring 14 goals this season, helping the side to cope with the absence of Robin Van Persie.
If Walcott’s representatives, or the player himself, turn down this latest offering then it could mean the end of the player’s Arsenal career.
Walcott is available on a free transfer in the summer of 2014 if he does not commit to a new deal, which means Arsenal would sell him to the highest bidder either by the end of this month or in the summer.
Walcott asked for a change to his position, clarification over the club’s aims and transfer policy, all of which he has been given which means the financial side of things is the only obstacle left to overcome.
A number of Arsenal’s younger players recently committed their futures to the club and this would be the icing on the cake, an end to a saga which has rolled on for too long and a chance for Arsenal and their fans to drive towards success.
Is it time for Walcott to take this deal? Tell us what you think.
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