Old Trafford boss wants Emirates Stadium star.
Manchester United are keeping a close eye on the contract situation of Theo Walcott at Arsenal, and could offer a player of their own in exchange.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that if Walcott’s transfer situation was not resolved by Christmas he would consider selling the England winger in January.
“I wouldn’t like to [sell him],” said Wenger.
“I’ve not even thought about that, because at the moment I think we will still manage to make a deal with him.
“But there is urgency. How much I don’t know, but there is urgency. We want to sort it out before Christmas, one way or the other.”
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be well aware that Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie combined for the most goals out of any two players in the Premier League last season.
With Ferguson seemingly losing patience with Nani, and cutting him out of his first choice XI, could a straight swap for Walcott in January make sense for all parties?
This would be an interesting possibility but is such a swap deal likely?
Nani’s main gripe with any offer handed to him by Man United has revolved around a large pay rise that chief executive David Gill is unwilling to agree to, and presumably a salary that Arsene Wenger is even more unlikely to entertain.
The Portuguese international has been frozen out of first team affairs somewhat this term and Ferguson publicly chastised the 25 year old for making an error that led to Chelsea’s late leveler during their Capital One Cup barnstormer. Therefore an exit is likely.
Arsenal may be more willing to entertain Theo Walcott’s call for a striking role after the England man netted a hat-trick against Reading. The 23 year old has scored seven goals this season despite only making three starts in all competitions, therefore suggesting to the Gunners boss that he can indeed finish with aplomb.
Indeed Walcott may get his wish tomorrow as Arsenal take on Man United and there does seem to be renewed push to secure a new deal that would see the attacker remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Therefore any possible swap deal seems pretty much dead in the water.
Tickets still available for top football matches – Aston Villa v Man United tickets