Arsenal have a decision to make on Jack Wilshere’s future after Sampdoria tabled a £7.5million offer for the midfielder.
The 25-year-old England midfielder is at something at a crossroads in his career having been sent on loan to Bournemouth last season, where a fractured leg ended his spell there in April.
Although he largely did well in the 25 appearances he made for the Cherries last season, Eddie Howe declined the chance to sign him permanently and he subsequently finds himself back on the treatment table at Arsenal.
Wilshere has 12 months left on his current contract and Sampdoria have approached the Gunners in a bid to bring him to Serie A.
The Italian side have offered £6m up front for Wilshere, with a further £1.5m made up in add-ons.
Wilshere could find himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to free-up funds to strengthen his squad.
The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Olivier Giroud could also be allowed to leave this summer, but the possible departure of Wilshere will be arguably the most eye-catching given how much was once expected of the midfielder.
The player has missed Arsenal’s pre-season trip to Australia as he attempts to regain full fitness and it is unlikely he will be involved in any of their remaining four fixtures before the Community Shield against Chelsea on August 6.
However, Wenger believes Wilshere will stay and fight for his place – and a new deal – next season.
“I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” he said last weekend.
“I will give you a very focused answer on that. He has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”