According to reports in the Daily Mail today, Manchester City are lining up a bid of £30 million for Arsenal and England international Jack Wilshere.
This is the second young English star that Manchester City are being linked with the other being Raheem Sterling, and seems to be a change in strategy by the club to inject some youth and homegrown players into their system, potentially seeing players ageing and top European players needing a blend.
The 23 year old has made 100 appearances for Arsenal to date with 6 goals, has worked his way through the Arsenal academy, made his debut for Arsenal in 2008 at the age of just 16, and barring a short spell on loan at Bolton, has been at Arsenal all of his young career.
Wilshere has just come off starring for England against Slovenia, where he scored 2 excellent goals, the first two he has scored for England in 28 caps so far.
The player has had a number of injuries so far in his career, and has been in the media a few times with a few misdemeanours and may feel a move away from London to pastures new may help his career. However, Wilshere is a firm fan favourite and Manchester City may have a fight on their hands to secure his services, we know they have the funds mind.
Writers View – No doubt Wilshere is a exciting talent, can dribble, pass and is very comfortable on the ball, is not a holding midfielder in my eyes, but is an exciting young English talent, hence why will take big money to acquire.
Manchester City need to work on their playing staff if want to get back to winning championships, and central midfield is a weakness for them. Only Arsenal know if willing to do business, however, he does keep getting caught up in small off the field issues, and with the midfield players that Arsenal have on their books, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil and also Oxlade-Chamberlain being able to play more central, they may decide to cash in and use money in other weaker areas.