Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge sides keen on Emirates Stadium contract rebel.
Sign or be sold: Wenger hints that Walcott could be available in January
Liverpool will bid for winger who hasn’t started for Arsenal since rejecting a new £75k per week deal, while City and Chelsea fancy him on a Bosman
Arsene Wenger has given Theo Walcott a two-month ultimatum to sign a new deal – or risk being sold in January.
Walcott is being frozen out at Arsenal, and will not start at Manchester City on Sunday as his contract stand-off drags on.
It will increase the likelihood of Walcott leaving Arsenal – Liverpool will make an offer in the winter window, Manchester City are lining up a mega-bucks contract for a summer Bosman and Chelsea also fancy him.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
If Theo Walcott has any say in the matter then the 23 year old will look to see his contract run down before making a decision at to his future unencumbered by a transfer fee.
The young England man is looking for a big pay-rise that Arsenal are unwilling to offer and as such the North London side may look to cash in on the attacker in January, a move that Walcott could of course turn down.
The former Southampton man is surely more likely to opt to move to either Man City or Chelsea on the grounds that a) they will be able to offer him a much higher salary than Liverpool and b) because both sides are far more likely to be able to offer him Champions League football.
However one would have to wonder quite why either side would be so keen on bringing in the inconsistent Arsenal performer.
Chelsea have a raft of wide options which include the likes of Eden Hazard, Daniel Sturridge, Marko Marin, Victor Moses as well as playmakers like Juan Mata and Oscar who can both also fill a flank role.
Man City also have a selection of top quality talent in their wide areas including James Milner, Scott Sinclair, Samir Nasri as well as the possibility of using David Silva if they so choose.
Obviously the fact that Walcott wouldn’t cost a penny is a big factor and it’s not often that a player of this level of quality is allowed to enter the final year of his deal and the decision to not cash in on the winger during the last transfer window is one that Arsenal may end up regretting.
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