The Russian giants, Spartak Moscow, and the French oil rich club, Paris Saint-Germain, are rumoured to be interested in signing Theo Walcott during the January transfer window.
The English winger’s future has been up for speculation ever since he refused to sign a contract extension with Arsenal. The former Southampton man is currently in his last year of the contract and was a target for Liverpool during the summer transfer window. Arsene Wenger did manage to keep the England international at the club, but he is yet to pen the new contract.
Contract talks between Walcott and the club have stalled over the wages. Walcott wanted a hike, he wanted his salary to be similar to what other England internationals earn at big clubs. Walcott demanded wages of around £100,000 per week, while Arsenal were ready to offer £75,000 per week. Wenger was not sure Walcott ‘deserves’ the kind of wages he was demanding.
Spartal Moscow are supposedly ready to offer a lucrative contract to Theo Walcott, where he will receive a a significant hike to what he receives now. The Russian club is looking to sign the winger in January. They are trying to compete with Zenit St. Petersburg who have just broke the bank by signing Hulk and Axel Witsel. PSG are always looking to spend money and force their way into Europe’s elite.
But the question is, will Walcott be prepared to leave the English Premier League? In recent times, the Russian Premier League has attracted a lot of big names, with the likes of Samuel Eto, Hulk and Axel Witsel plying their trade in the country. But it seems highly unlikely that Walcott would decide to move to Russia at this point in his career. The French Ligue 1 does not have the competition or prestige that the Premier league has, but Walcott would be bound to pick up some medals.
His first preference is still Arsenal, but if the club doesn’t match his wage expectation, a move to another English club could be on the cards this January. Wenger is unlikely to hold onto him after January if he still remains undecided on the contract extension, and with lot of available options, players who can play wide, in the ranks, Walcott’s wage demands might lead to his exit. Theo could even be determined to play out his contract and move on a free transfer next summer. What do you think Gooners?