A.C. Milan have been hogging the limelight when it comes to Italian transfers as of late as the San Siro outfit look to break the stranglehold that Juventus have had in Serie A over the past six seasons but the focus now shifts to the city of Genoa for this particular piece of gossip.
That’s because 1991 Scudetto winners Sampdoria have reportedly made a bid for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and although Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is warm to the idea of moving the England international on this summer it seems as if the two clubs are far apart in regards to valuation.
The Italian club have tested the water with an offer £6m but it is believed that Wenger is holding out for a fee nearer £8.7m – why it has to be that precise I’m not too sure but with that in mind I would not be all that surprised if Sampdoria come back with a second improved bid.
For Wilshere it looks as if his time at The Emirates could finally be at and end once and for all. Questions about his long term future with the club were raised last season when he spent the majority of the campaign with Bournemouth on loan.
It was a move designed to get the 25 year old back to full fitness but there was more frustration as he time on the South Coast was bought to a premature end after he sustained an injury against personal arch rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
It was quite the undignified end to the campaign for Bournemouth as he was sent back to Arsenal for rehabilitation purposes and that injury made Eddie Howe’s mind up as to whether or not he was prepared to make a permanent offer for the player.
Howe did thank him for his efforts and wished him the best of luck in his recovery which is undoubtedly code for “thanks but no thanks”. Even without that injury against Tottenham though it is fair to say that Wilshere did not really pull up any trees at The Vitality Stadium.
27 appearances without a solitary goal to his name for Bournemouth, admittedly he was not purchased for his goalscoring exploits but at the same time he certainly could have offered more to a side that ended up finishing in the top half of the table last season.
So for Wilshere, the question now is what next? For so long he was held as on of the great hopes for England but injuries and a lack of fitness have seen him in danger of having his talents pass him by. Perhaps a move abroad will be best and it could in turn invigorate any hopes of making the World Cup squad next year.
Not only that but it could be good for England to have players trying their luck across Europe, this has often been an arguement that players are afraid to try their luck abroad and perhaps Wilshere will be brave enough to break the mould.
Then again it must be tough for a player to leave a club that he has been with for the whole of his career but at the same time he is in danger of being left behind. Arsene Wenger has perhaps shown too much loyalty to his players and while admirable it is time to develop a ruthless streak if the club really want to challenge next season.
Even with a long injury record there will be plenty of clubs monitoring this situation, the question now is firstly whether the two clubs in question can agree a fee and whether Wilshrere is prepared to expand his footballing horizons or whether he ends up playing it safe with a domestic move.