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Arsenal Bracing Themselves For Walcott Bids As Talks Continue To Stall

By on October 23, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Juventus step up their interest in Theo Walcott.

Theo Walcott

Arsenal are bracing themselves for a number of January bids for contract rebel Theo Walcott, with Juventus ready to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the winger, according to the Daily Mail.

Juve coach Antonio Conte is believed to be a huge admirer of Walcott’s and has instructed his bosses to launch a bid for the Gunners forward in January after monitoring his form for well over a year.

Conte is keen to link the England speedster up with Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, with the Italians ready to lure the Spanish hitman to Serie A with a £145,000-a-week deal.

Walcott’s future in North London is in serious doubt as he is yet to agree a contract extension, despite having little over 8 months remaining on his current deal and boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that they are no closer to agreeing terms. The Frenchman is unwilling to match Walcott’s wage demands – believed to be £100,00-a-week – while the player is also keen for more playing time up front.

The impasse has not only alerted Juventus but also Arsenal’s domestic rivals Liverpool and Manchester City as well as PSG, who are all thought to be considering a January move should the 23-year-old still fail to sign a new extension at the Emirates.

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Juve and PSG hold an advantage over the Premier League duo as they will be able to open talks with Walcott over a potential pre-contract agreement in January, while Liverpool and City would have to wait until Walcott’s out-of-contract in June.

However, it’s understood that all parties would prefer to sign the pacey forward this winter and will look to take advantage of his contract situation and pick him up in a cut-price deal.

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5 Comments

  1. Nice

    October 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Just sell him and get another one more talented. A player who loves a club will not hesitate that long

  2. ogban

    October 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Cant afford to be losing all our good players like this. I thought Wenger said there was only a ‘small difference’. Why can’t that be resolved. We will regret losing Walcott because I have a feeling that his better days are yet to come.

  3. chris from Cambridge

    October 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    If Walcott leaves without ever being tried as a roving central striker … and then bags loads for some other team – that will be exactly what Wenger deserves !

  4. popoola

    October 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Pls and pls tell mr wenger 2 give walcot £100.000 a week wage or arsene should live our team and go away from emirate stadium,cos wat is doing is nonsense,if robin is still in our team by now with our corrent team + song know can beat us,if walcott live by january another 3 player will go by summer,like V5, sagna, carzola and many more,is the money at arsenal board isr wenger money,for him not to spend it or if he die will he pack all the money to heaven,pls help get in tourch with arsenal board allso they should fine something do about what is on ground and give walcatt £100k per week,or they should give mr usmainov chance on the board seat so that he can bail us out of our mess

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