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Emirates Stadium attacker strongly linked with Old Trafford switch.
EXCLUSIVE: Fergie set to beat City and Liverpool to Walcott as United lead race for Arsenal’s contract rebel
Manchester United have joined the race for Arsenal rebel Theo Walcott in a move similar to Robin van Persie’s controversial switch to Old Trafford in August.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to land the England winger, whose deal expires at the end of the season.
Sportsmail understands that should Walcott leave Arsenal, his first choice would be United.
Walcott is declining to sign a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week, while formal talks over fresh terms have not taken place since August 28.
He is said to be keen to stay but wants a deal closer to £100,000 a week.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
As we move nearer to the January transfer window we can expect a growing amount of speculation about Theo Walcott’s Arsenal future. The winger seems no nearer to agreeing a new deal as he did some three or four months ago when negotiations appeared to hit a brick wall.
The 23 year old apparently wants a massive pay rise as well as the guarantee of a striking role and Arsene Wenger initially froze the England man out of his starting eleven, only to change tack when the former Southampton hit a good run of form.
Indeed Walcott is Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions despite starting only a small proportion of the club’s matches.
Sir Alex Ferguson may well feel that a cut-price offer for Walcott would perhaps tempt Arsenal into cashing in on a player who can leave for nothing in the summer or the Scot could choose to wait until the end of the season to seal the deal, leaving the Gunners man even more likely to benefit from a huge pay packet.
Such a move is perhaps all the more likely given that Old Trafford winger Nani appears to be surplus to requirements at Man United having started only four Premier League matches this season.
Wenger may feel that he has more than enough wide attacking options to be able to refuse Walcott’s demands. He does after all have the likes of Lukas Podolski, Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi to call upon to fill these roles.
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