Ligue 1 big spenders set sights on Emirates attacker.
Newly installed PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti is said to be readying a big money bid for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. The Ligue 1 title chasers brought in the former Chelsea boss last month after axing Antoine Kombouare and have handed the Italian a large transfer fund as the Qatari owners of the Parc des Princes side push to secure the Paris sides first domestic title success in almost two decades.
Having spent over £85m in the summer of quality additions PSG sit at the top of the Ligue 1 pile but that will not stop Ancelotti investing in big name talent as he looks to further strengthen a squad that can mount far reaching Champions League campaigns in the coming seasons and with that in mind the 52 year old has earmarked a move for England international Walcott.
The French side may look to take advantage of the fact that the Gunners star is yet to agree terms on a new contract and as the former Southampton man has less than 18 months to run on his current deal there is much speculation about the wide-man’s Arsenal future, not least because of late the 22 year old has been hugely ineffective.
Though Walcott started the season brightly in recent weeks his form has dipped significantly and this has led to speculation that all is not well with the young attacker and there has been talk of interest in his services from a number of Europe’s elite, including both Chelsea and Juventus.
Walcott moved to North London in January 2006 for a fee that has risen to a reported £12m and the speedy Arsenal man has notched up over 200 appearances for the club, albeit with over 70 of those coming from the bench. Arguably the England man is still to fulfill his obvious potential but will still hope to be part of Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 squad this summer.
Should an offer from PSG be made then Wenger will have to weigh up that undoubted potential against the very up and down form Walcott has displayed in the five and a half years since his Arsenal debut. Another factor could well be the reported salary demands the player has made, which the Emirates Stadium side may feel do not match the performances he produces on a weekly basis.