According to a report in the Mirror, Manchester City are prepared to offer £30million for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer.
The story claims the Blues will ignore a hands-off warning from Gunners manager Arsene Wenger and will bid big in an attempt to prise the 23-year-old away from the Emirates Stadium.
With a contract until the summer of 2018, there is no real risk from the City bid and it will be Arsenal’s decision how they handle any offer that comes their way. But would it be that crazy to cash-in on Wilshere and use the money to strengthen elsewhere?
Arsenal have been in brilliant form since the turn of the year, and until their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday they had won eight consecutive league matches.
They had done so playing great football and looking on the verge of greatness once again, and notably they did so without Wilshere.
The England international has played just 15 times this season amid his ongoing injury problems, and despite returning to the bench at the weekend, he is unlikely to have much impact between now and the end of the campaign.
With Arsenal in need of a quality – and regularly available – world-class defensive midfielder, it may be wise to accept £30million if it did come their way; certainly when you consider the type of player they could buy for that.
The simple fact is that for all his talent, Wilshere is not as important to this Arsenal side as he once was. They have done perfectly well without him, and at this time, an injection of transfer funds may be a better option than keeping a player whose injury record remains a worry.