Citizens admirers of Arsenal midfielder
Manchester City will launch a £40million bid for Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, if they fail in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Manuel Pellegrini is expected to have a busy summer at the Etihad Stadium, making drastic changes in order to win the title next year back off Chelsea.
City have already launched two formal bids for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, but on both occasions, the offers were rejected. One was worth £25million and the other was worth £40m.
The Premier League runners-up are in dire need of English players after losing six or seven of their own in recent months.
Scott Sinclair, Jack Rodwell, James Milner, Frank Lampard, Richard Wright and Micah Richards have all left the club in recent months, leaving them with just Joe Hart.
With the new Premier League regulations, City will need a lot more English and homegrown players in their squad for next season, and that is why they are targeting Sterling and now Wilshere.
Pogba Main Target/Wilshere Backup
According to reports, City will make a £40m bid for the 23-year-old midfielder, but only if they can’t persuade Pogba to join them.
City officials have told Pellegrini he can spend what he wants in order to bring the title back to Manchester, and according to reports, he’s ready to bid around £70m for the Frenchman.
However, if he cannot persuade the ex-United player to join him, he will turn his attentions to Wilshere and will offer him a chance to double his weekly-wage.
Wilshere at Arsenal
City are prepared to offer him a contract worth £150k-a-week.
Wilshere is under contract with Arsenal until 2018 and is heavily expected to remain at the club due to his affiliation with the North London side.
The midfielder has been in North London since he was eight and has graduated through the ranks at the club and into the first-team.
However, City are believed to be offering him a vital first-team role, which he may not get at Arsenal due to Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt