After news of Jack Wilshere interested in leaving Arsenal broke out, several clubs expressed their interest in the England international. AS Roma was one of the biggest clubs to express their interest in signing the injury-prone defender. And Wilshere was looking all set to join the Italian outfit following talks with Franco Baldini, who is a consultant for Roma.
However, the footballing world was baffled when the midfielder joined Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Bournemouth instead. The reason for the surprising move has now been revealed.
According to reports in The Daily Mail, Wilshere’s parent club, Arsenal ended his hopes of joining the Italian giants.
After weighing up all the overs received for the midfielder, which included deals from Crystal Palace and Italian giants AC Milan, the Gunners decided Bournemouth’s package represented the best financial value for the club and agreed the deal with the Premier League outfit.
The report claimed that Roma were seen as the frontrunner to bag the services of Wilshere, but failed to match Bournemouth’s offer.
The Cherries agreed to pay Arsenal’s £2 million loan fee and also agreed to subsidising Wilshere’s £80,000-per week wages in full.
Well, one can say that the Gunners might have missed a trick in not letting their player join the Italian team. Wilshere’s career has been marred with injuries and the tactics, the time on the ball and the tempo of the games in Italy would have been perfect for him. On the other hand, the fast-paced physical game in England might take a toll on the midfielder’s body.