Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to let Jack Wilshere leave Arsenal on loan in an effort to kick-start his stalling career.
It’s reported by the Daily Mirror that the player has held talks with Wenger to express his frustrations at a lack of first-team football following his axe from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, having featured in just 37 minutes as a substitute so far this season.
The outcome of the talks suggests Wenger will sanction a loan deal for Wilshere, with both West Ham and Southampton mentioned as possible early suitors.
However, the Daily Telegraph believes Roma and Juventus are leading the race, with Valencia – who tried to sign him last season when Gary Neville was in charge – and Malaga also mentioned as possible destinations.
Gunners boss Wenger still sees Wilshere as central to his long-term plans but is considering loaning him out to help him get regular games and get back to his best.
News that Arsenal are willing to let Wilshere leave is certain to alert a host of top Premier League clubs although Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a move to a top-four rival, with Manchester City amongst those mentioned as suitors earlier this summer.
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Wilshere, 24, has struggled to get back into the team last season after missing most of the campaign with a broken leg.
England midfielder Wilshere did go to the Euros but was not fully fit and is now concerned about a lack of opportunities after £30million signing Granit Xhaka pushed him further down the pecking order.
It is still not certain that Arsenal will do a deal in time or find the right offer with Wednesday’s 11pm transfer deadline looming.
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But the intention is there with the loan being actively discussed between Arsenal, Wilshere and the player’s advisers. Wilshere has two years left on his current contract and there is no suggestion of a permanent move.
Arsenal are also ready to loan out Calum Chambers with Middlesbrough hoping to sign the 21-year-old on a year-long deal.
Chambers has had offers from Roma, Valencia, Espanyol and other Premier League clubs but Arsenal are keen for him to go to another English team and play centre back regularly to help his progression.