Liverpool are reportedly to move in for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere for free in the summer if the England international fails to sign a new Arsenal contract, according to a report in The Sun.
The British tabloid claim that the England midfielder is currently locked in talks with Arsenal over renewing his contract that expires in the summer, and the North London club are set to offer him a new deal that would seem him earn less than his current £90,000-a-week wage.
The newspaper report that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of Wilshere and that the Merseyside will make a move for Wilshere if he becomes a free agent as Klopp sees him as the ideal replacement for Emre Can.
Can, according to the report, is not expected to sign a new contract with Liverpool that would see him remain at Anfield beyond the summer, with Serie A champions Juventus keen on signing the Germany international.
Arsenal however, are expected to offer Wilshere a deal which will see him paid on appearances and performances due to his injury record, but Liverpool would be willing to match his current £90,000-a-week deal to secure his signature.
The strongly in-form 26-year-old midfielder has registered 26 appearances for Arsenal this season, netting two goals as well as notching five assists.
Wilshere will be a good move for Liverpool if they can get the midfielder on a free transfer. Klopp worked wonders with ex-Arsenal Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and if the German boss could help his former team-mate fulfill some of his potential, then his side would be better for his arrival.
Liverpool look set to lose Can this coming summer, so signing a replacement for free would be a smart piece of business for the club.
However, Wilshere doesn’t seem likely set to leave Arsenal despite the reported shortage of wages that would see him miss out on his current £90,000-a-week wage, it’s hard to imagine Wilshere choosing to leave the club.
He has always looked like having his heart fixed with Arsenal, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 26-year-old opted to take a huge cut to his wages in order to make that dream come true.