Roma chief confirms Wilshere, not Arsenal, rejected move

Rob Conlon

Roma director Mauro Baldissoni admits Jack Wilshere rejected the Serie A club to join Bournemouth on deadline day.

Wilshere joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan on Wednesday after also attracting interest from Roma, AC Milan and Crystal Palace.

Reports suggested that Wilshere preferred a move to Roma, but Arsenal asked for a higher loan fee from the Italians due to frustrations over previous negotiations for Kostas Manolas.

However, Baldissoni has rubbished the claims and says the England international wanted to stay in the Premier League.

“Towards the end of the market we saw the chance to take an opportunity,” he told TeleRadioStereo.

“We had identified Wilshere, who could’ve suited us, but he decided to remain in England. For the rest, we did what we needed to do.”

The signing is a major coup for Bournemouth, who have paid a loan fee of £2million to capture the 24-year-old, and will also cover the whole of his £90,000-a-week wages.