With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, is Theo Walcott about to commit his future to Arsenal?
Arsenal are set for a huge boost with the news that Theo Walcott is ready to commit his future to the club and sign a new contract by the end of the week, according to several sources today.
Goal.com claim the 23-year-old has agreed terms over a four-year deal worth £90,000-a-week with the new contract also boosted by additional bonuses and a large signing-on fee.
Walcott’s current deal expires at the end of the season and the report suggests the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs monitoring his situation and keen to take advantage is he decides to leave north London.
However, after months of speculation over his future it seems Walcott is set to commit himself to the Gunners with Goal.com claiming all parties are confident the attacker will put pen-to-paper by the end of the week after positive talks over the past 2 weeks.
The Daily Mail are also running a similar story and claim Walcott will ‘snub’ the advances of Man Utd and sign a new deal with Arsenal before they welcome champions Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday.
Walcott is Arsenal’s top-scorer this season with 14 goals in all competitions and it would be a bitter blow if they were to lose him over another contract dispute after seeing the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and more recently Robin van Persie all leave after failing to agree terms over new deals.
If Walcott has agreed a new deal, key to his decision could be the fact he’s finally been given a chance to play through the middle. He has started four out of the last five games up front – scoring five goals in the process – so has certainly staked his claim to play there more regularly and Wenger’s decision to show confidence in him as a striker may have finally swayed Theo into deciding to stay.
However, there is still nothing official coming out of Arsenal regarding the future of Walcott so until we see it on Arsenal.com, it’s best to take the reports from Goal.com and the Daily Mail with a pinch of salt.