According to reports (and it seems far more credible this time), that Theo Walcott has rejected the new deal offered by Arsenal. The Englishman is into his last year of his present contract and it is believed that the winger is holding for a £100K per week wage, which Arsenal are skeptical about offering.
This rejection from Walcott has all of sudden thrown the cats among the pigeons. Manchester City and Liverpool are believed to be set on high alert, with City in specially being linked very strongly. It is not a secret that both Liverpool and City are in the market for a winger. Manchester City were earlier linked with Swansea winger Scott Sinclair, but later it was reported that City and Swansea have failed to agree a fee. Although Sinclair’s transfer is still remains a possibility, Walcott might come at a cheaper price considering he has only one year left on his contract.
It is believed that Arsenal won’t let go of Walcott for anything less than £15m. The English man was brought from Southampton at £9m. Brendon Rodgers meanwhile is still looking for wide players to fit into his 4-3-3 formation and they were linked with a move for the Arsenal speedster even earlier.
Despite all these, Arsene Wenger will probably try convincing Walcott to stay for one final time. But there is only so much a manager can do if someone’s heart is settled elsewhere. This would seem like Déjà vu for Arsenal fans; a repeat of what happened last year when key players who were in the final year of their contract left the club without extending it. With Robin van Persie and Alex Song already leaving the club, Walcott will be another setback if he departs as well.
Barcelona’s Afellay was earlier linked heavily with a move to the Emirates (Liverpool are also said to be interested), so it might be that Arsene Wenger has already kept an eye on Walcott’s replacement if things don’t go according to plan in the discussion between the club and the player. For Gooners, the transfer season can’t end soon enough.