Chelsea to Tempt Arsenal With £22m January Offer for Attacker Theo Walcott

Stamford Bridge side make big money offer for soon to be out of contract Emirates Stadium forward.

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Chelsea will look to tempt Arsenal into selling in-form forward Theo Walcott in January by making a significant bid for the 23 year old.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is willing to fork out up to £22m for the England international, a vast fee considering the West London side could in theory pick up the Gunners youngster on a free transfer when his current contract runs out.

Arsenal have been attempting to persuade Walcott to sign on the dotted line on a new deal for some months but the both parties seem a way off when it comes to salary demands with the former Southampton man looking for a deal in excess of £100k a week.

Theo Walcott’s other demand, a central striking role, has however been adhered to with Arsene Wenger playing the speedy attacker up front on his own to great affect in recent weeks.

The North London side are currently unwilling to meet Walcott’s remuneration expectations as to do so would open the Emirates Stadium club to demands from other players seeking similar pay-hikes and as yet this is not something Arsenal’s prudent board are likely to commit to.

Chelsea on the other hand are ready to offer a pay rise far in excess of any player currently on the Arsenal pay-roll and with Daniel Sturridge set to complete a January move to Liverpool the Stamford Bridge side are hoping to bring in Walcott to boost the Blues attack.

Abramovich is willing to make an offer in January to help the club’s faint hopes of a genuine Premier League title chase and so as to avoid the mad clamour for Walcott that could ensue if he were to run out his current deal.

The West London side will offer Walcott the striking role as they look to bring in a player they feel better suits the Chelsea attack and the club’s technical director Michael Emanelo, as well as boss Rafa Benitez, have earmarked a move for the Arsenal man.

With Eden Hazard and Juan Mata providing the width and ammunition for the Chelsea front-line Walcott is seen as a suitable forward to lead the line.

Theo Walcott’s excellent hat-trick against Newcastle United brought his total for the season to 14, this despite the fact that the Arsenal man has been handed just 11 starts in all competitions.

Though a move to Chelsea would be a somewhat contentious one for the Gunners star to consider he may feel that he is being led into such a decision and could claim that his demands are ones that are more than reasonable given the length of time he has committed to the club whilst seeing a number of his former team-mates opting to leave for club’s more able to fulfill their individual ambitions.

Arsenal have elected to sell to direct rivals in the past with Man United and Man City both bringing in Arsene Wenger’s prized possessions and if the Emirates Stadium board felt that they were too lose Walcott for nothing in six months time then the offer of £22m may seem a very tempting on to consider.

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