Serie A side want Emirates Stadium star.
Italian side Juventus are preparing to raid the Premiership for a trio of top class players after the latest comments coming from coach Antonio Conte.
The Juventus coach has set his sights on Manchester United’s Nani, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.
Speaking to press after Juve’s draw with Catania over the weekend, Conte said: “If you think that Juve, after being in seventh place, can just come back to fight for the title … I repeat: we have a long way to go to get back to being competitive.
“We could not get Walcott, Nani or Tevez because of the finances involved. Clubs in Italy cannot afford such prices, so we focused on young players.
“But if we can work something out with our budget, then maybe there is a possibility.”
Of the three players named by this source as prospective targets for Juventus boss Antonio Conte perhaps Theo Walcott is the most realistically, and almost certainly the cheapest of the trio for the Turin side to bid for. The Arsenal man is notoriously inconsistent and like a number of his team-mates, will find himself with one year left on his contract come next summer and therefore will have to sign a new deal or be sold.
Others in an a similar position include Thomas Vermaelen and Robin Van Persie, two players who are infinitely more important to the North London side.
Juventus have had a couple of lean years but under leadership have started this campaign strongly, and now sit joint top of the table thanks to a collection of strong new signings brought in by Conte this summer. The likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Eljero Elia were among almost a dozen new signings brought to the club.
Arsene Wenger will be loathed to lose £20m rated Walcott but may feel that he needs to consider offers if the youngster, much like Van Persie, stalls on new contract talks. The former Southampton man is in his sixth season in the Gunners first team and arguably is still not showing the form that many had expected when he arrived on the scene back in 2006 as a fresh faced teenager.