Reports in Italy suggest that Jack Wilshere will be lined up as a replacement for Arturo Vidal if he is to join Manchester United.
Juventus may turn to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere if Arturo Vidal leaves to join Manchester United this summer.
The Italian giants are determined to keep hold of their midfield star and will only sell at a high-price, but the contingency plan if one does depart will be to sign Wilshere, according to reports.
The Arsenal man has seen his progress at the Emirates plateau in recent seasons – with injuries hampering his development – and it is thought that this season could be make or break in his career.
Juve, therefore, want to offer him a reprieve away from England and the media attention that follows him.
Wilshere was built up as the great English hope when he was a youngster but, as yet, he hasn’t quite lived up to his billing and the Italian media report that he could be sold for £20 million if Juve were to make an offer.
That, though, will depend on the future of Vidal. The Chilean has been linked with a move to Louis van Gaal’s United side, who are looking to make a charge back into title contention this season.
Van Gaal has identified the central midfield position as one he needs to strengthen and has already purchased Ander Herrera to increase his options, but there is a feeling that the Dutchman could be in the market for one more big-name this summer.
Vidal would signal his intentions, as one of the most highly regarded in his position in the world, but as of yet United’s attempts have all proved fruitless.
The deal for the player is some way from being concluded, but it may be an added incentive to finalise a deal if they are able to make one of their divisional rivals lose one of their stars as a result.
Wilshere may not have made the impression many expected him to, but he is still fondly thought of at the Emirates and losing him would be a blow.
The 22-year-old will be fighting it out for a position in midfield with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this season as it stands.