Stamford Bridge boss keen on Emirates Stadium youngster.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is said to be keen on Arsenal winger Theo Walcott and is monitoring the England international’s ongoing contract discussions with his North London club. The 22 year old attacker has had an up and down season and by the summer will have just a year to run on his current deal and this has led to speculation about where the former Southampton’s future lies.
Though Villas-Boas has not had the best of starts as Blues boss the young Portuguese boss still has the backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and therefore will have the funds to bring in big new signings in the summer. The chances of luring Walcott, and receiving a significant transfer budget, depends greatly on the West London side securing a top four finish.
Arsene Wenger will be loathed to lose Walcott, even though his form has been patchy at best this season, but if Arsenal fail to clinch Champions League qualification for next term then the Gunners wideman may consider his options.
Walcott is into his sixth season at the Emirates Stadium and has no tangible reward for his time at the club and with a possible seventh season without silverware looming for Arsenal, Wenger may find it a struggle to keep hold of his top performers.
Villas-Boas will also be willing to offer Walcott a significant salary increase and sees the Arsenal man as another effective attacking weapon as well as another addition that helps him reverse the ageing nature of the Chelsea squad. Having brought in Juan Mata and put a lot of faith into England youngster Daniel Sturridge, the Blues boss wants to bring in the Arsenal man to further boost the club’s attack.