Arsenal are refusing to offer a new deal to Jack Wilshere despite interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City, reports the Daily Telegraph.
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The 23-year-old has three years left on his current £90,000 a week deal at the Emirates. However, the Citizens are apparently willing to offer £150,000 to tempt him away from the side which he has represented since he was a child. That figure would not only be a significant raise, but also take him beyond the highest earners at the North London club, who currently earn £140,000 a week.
Were the Sky Blues to be successful in their overtures to the midfielder, Wilshere would be far from the first to trade the Gunners for the Etihad. Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, and Bacary Sagna have all made the move since City were taken over by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.
However, the thinking behind signing Wilshere may be flawed. Although the England international would fulfil part of their home grown quota, he has also struggled with injuries since breaking on to the big stage. Even this season various fitness issues have restricted the youngster to 13 appearances in all competitions.