Fenerbahce could agree deal for Arsenal favourite, talks in Istanbul planned

According to Turkish-Football, Fenerbahce could agree a deal for Arsenal favourite Jack Wilshere. The long-serving midfielder has been invited to Istanbul for talks and could be offered a long-term deal and significant wage rise if he agrees to join the Super Lig outfit.

Wilshere recently confirmed he would be leaving Arsenal at the end of his contract this summer after being told by new manager Unai Emery that he wouldn’t be given regular first-team football next season. Galatasaray, West Ham United and Besiktas have joined Fenerbahce in the race for his signature.

The 26-year-old rose through the youth ranks to the Arsenal first-team in 2008 and went on to make 198 appearances in all competitions. Wilshere featured 38 times across the board last season, but he only made 12 Premier League starts and found himself below Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny in the pecking order.

Lucas Torreira is expected to join from Sampdoria this summer which would have further diminished Wilshere’s chances of playing in 2018/19, so an exit from the Emirates was the only option to ensure first-team football next season. Fenerbahce are hoping they can convince him to the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, but it’s unknown if Wilshere would consider a move abroad.

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