There have been reports this week saying that the contract talks between Arsenal and Theo Walcott have broken down, with the Gunners refusing to accept the £85,000-a-week demand from the England striker to sign a four-year extension.
There have also been rumblings from Walcott himself that he is no longer happy to be stuck out on the wing every time he plays, and is desperate to play as the centre-forward role with a free goalscoring role.
Wenger has continually agreed that Walcott will be moved there at some point in the future, but at 22 years of age Walcott believes he is now more than ready to take that position right now, and thinks that his current improved form has made him worth the massive wage increase.
Now today there are numerous reports saying that the Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has been monitoring the talks and has now been encouraged to approach Arsenal with a £30m bid for the England man, and are willing to bump Theo’s wages up to a massive £120,000-a-week.
Walcott has been frustrating to watch in the last few years as his injuries have played havoc with his form, but this season he seems to have matured into a fruitful partnership with Robin Van Persie and because of his age he could carry on improving for the next few years.
Because Theo is happily based in London I could see him accepting the extra cash to move across town, but surely with Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge already at Stamford Bridge it is doubtful that he will be able to play at centre-forward at Arsenal’s rivals in the near future.
But possibly the extra cash may soften the blow a little bit?