Gossip: Wilshere, Alderweireld, Shaw all wanted men…

Date published: Thursday 15th February 2018 8:53

‘Italian giants Juventus have enquired about Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere,’ according to the Daily Mirror, who claim that the England midfielder has been the subject of ‘several firm approaches from top continental sides’. But they are all set to be disappointed because Wilshere will sign his new contract at the Emirates, even on reduced wages.

Juventus are obviously in dire need of some new blood but they may have to wait for Emre Can to sign on a free transfer this summer because Wilshere is a lifelong Arsenal fan and clearly fancies and staying to become a captain, leader and legend.


‘Real Madrid are ready to lead the chase for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld,’ according to the Daily Mirror. John Cross has been a very busy boy indeed. We have heard this week that Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld is yet to sign a new contract at Spurs as he is looking for similar money to Harry Kane, but the Mirror go further and say he actually wants £150,000 a week to put him on a par with the Premier League’s best defenders.

That means that Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have pricked up their ears along with Real Madrid. Tottenham may be forced to sell this summer because the terms of his current contract dictate that he could be sold in the summer of 2019 for as little as £25m. Spurs would get double that money if they sold this summer.


‘Arsenal and Chelsea are both monitoring Luke Shaw’s contract talks with Manchester United,’ says the Daily Mirror (again), though this time it is James Nursey who writes the story. He is desperate to get the full-back a new deal, following on from his claim last week that Shaw was ‘set for a new deal’. Clearly nothing has happened in the interim because now he is poking Manchester United and claiming that Arsenal and Chelsea are ‘both likely’ to want a left-back this summer.

His theory is that ‘Nacho Monreal turns 32 this month and will have just one year left on his Arsenal contract this summer, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has been tipped for a return to his native Spain’. At this point we could point out that Marcos Alonso only wants to return before he retires (he’s now 27) and Chelsea have just signed a 23-year-old left-back. Other than that it makes perfect sense.


Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed a deal to join Besiktas at the end of the season…Everton and Tottenham are both interested in PSVwinger Steven Bergwijn…Samuel Umtiti wants an increase in his Barcelona wages after a big-money offer from Manchester United…Spurs are willing to offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a lucrative new contract.

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