Would any Arsenal fan turn down an £8m bonus to move to Everton?

So it would appear that a bidding war for Jack Wilshere’s services is about to begin in earnest as other club’s attempt to persuade the English international to leave Arsenal this summer. Arsene Wenger has repeatedly stated that there is a contract on the table for Jack to sign, and even offered him a pen, but it now looks unlikely that he will agree as he is guaranteed to get more wages elsewhere as well as a big signing on fee.

It has been reported that Everton are the first to put their cards on the table and will offer Jack an £8m signing-on bonus as an added incentive before the wages are even discussed.

I am not sure how this could even be true unless the Merseyside club are just putting out feelers, as legally the Toffees (nor any other Premier League club) are not even allowed to discuss a transfer with Jack until the end of the season, which means he will probably be inundated with offers from English clubs after June, especially if he plays well at the World Cup.

But he IS allowed to talk to foreign clubs right now, and the AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso made it clear he admires Jack this week, and Merseyside’s favourite paper (S*N!) is reporting that Wilshere pretended to be interested in a move to Real Betis in La Liga to try and get Arsenal to increase their contract offer.

Whether any of these stories are true is a matter of conjecture at the moment, but if Jack continues to maintain his form and fitness to the end of the season he will be in for a massive bonus this summer, even if he re-signs at the Emirates.

Do you think he will just move for the money? Or will he just wait for Arsenal to match his best offer?



  1. jon fox says:

    I think he is playing a waiting game, to see who replaces Wenger as manager for next season. He has long ago seen through Wenger , as have most players and will bide his time before signing to see how soon the club of his heart will take to recover. We will know by May, one way or the other with Jack and when Wenger is sacked.

  2. Sue says:

    I do think offering him less than what he’s on now is a bit of a mickey take! 90k a week is pocket money compared to what some are on.
    I guess if he hangs on & is offered more money elsewhere, we may increase his offer…..
    The other thing is the football… would you want to play for Everton… yes you’ll be picked every week, but they’re not exactly going anywhere are they??
    Abroad is an option…. but I hope he stays with us

    1. jon fox says:

      Personally, I don’t see him ever wishing to go abroad. HE IS NOT THAT TYPE OF PERSON, I THINK.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        He’s married to Greek Cypriot, touching distance from Italy, warm climate wonderful arts, great food, passionate fans, millionaire lifestyle. I can think of worse places.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Not only that, Spain or Italy would suit he’s game, he won’t get clobbered every time he gets the ball, he’d have time on the ball, you’ve only got to see how much time AC gave us in the week. No, I think he’ll enjoy it there, rejuvenate he’s career. Good move.

        2. Ken 1945 says:

          We recently discussed Ozil and his body language etc and his demeanour is much like Ozil in certain aspects.
          I don’t see the old Jack Wilshere since his return from Bournemouth.
          Do you recall him diving to the floor like he does now?
          I know his style of play does mean he is fouled a lot, hence his injuries, but it does seem excessive now.
          Perhaps the form he is showing at present will entice Huss Fahhy to offer him more, but it does need to be sorted out, in my opinion, before the end of the season one way or the other.
          That will then allow Raul and Sven to plan their summer moves without any doubts at all.
          £8 million signing on fee? Johnny Haynes would never believe it?

  3. lj gomez says:

    I mean he was asked to take a pay cut,
    why would he sign, hes been fit 90 percent of this season
    played almost 2/3rds of bourmouths season last year
    Diaby missed years, and still got paid

    i bet if the offered his same wage hed resign
    he’d probably admit he doesnt yet deserve a raise, but a cut is a slap in the face.

  4. Kenny Rolfe says:

    I agree with you Ken, I also think the style play in Spain and Italy would suit Ozil as well but he loves London and the money he’s getting here. With Jack, it seems as if he’s never reached a peak. First time round it was injuries that held him up, now it’s recovery holding him up. That’s why I think a clean break might do him the world of good. Johnny Haynes, the first £100 a week footballer, what a passer of a ball, saw him play as a ten year old in an early 60’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal over the Easter period at Craven Cottage, David Herd scored both our goals, remember it well as a youngster for the longest bus ride I’d ever done at that time ,22 bus, East London To Putney. Also that day Tony Macedo, Jimmy Hill, Graham Leggart and Tosh Chamberlaine. You know what Ken, if you asked who scored last week I couldn’t tell you but the sixties, it’s imprinted in my mind, it’s like it happened yesterday. I was a football mad youngster, as you can probably tell.

    1. Phil says:

      Don’t forget George Cohen and Jim Langley.
      I was born and raised I Fulham and saw them every other week till moved out of London as a 9 year old in 1966.
      Good club Fulham.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        How could I leave George and Jim off the list. Funny thing Phil, Tony Macedo lived in a council flat 50 yards from my junior school. He regularly came out and had a kick about with us

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          As you say Phil, excellent club Fulham, family club and in the old days, club of the stars. The likes of Attenborough and friends (Fulham fan before switching his alliance to Chelsea) Comedian Tommy Trinder, MP and Lady of the House the late Gwyneth Dunwoody, who I met several times in my job as a Licence London Cab Driver. Lovely lady, went every week to Fulham, told me so many stories about the club. Rooting for them 100% to get promotion.

          1. Ken 1945 says:

            Your memory recall amazes me, but the last of the Fulham legends we haven’t mentioned must be Jimmy Hill. Another pioneer in his own right.
            Fulham have still progressed despite the russian down the road. It would be nice to see them back in the premier league, especially if they replace the cloggers from Stoke.
            By the way, you asked me a question about our keepers and it has nagged at me ever since.
            Try as I may, I couldn’t convince myself that either are world class.
            I admit defeat!!

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            It’s a pleasure debating with you Ken.

          3. Kenny Rolfe says:

            If you go back a few posts you’ll see I did mention Jimmy Hill with some of the ex Fulham players. A great man who not only changed the wage structure in English football with the George Eastham case but also was and one of the original pundits of ITV and also I might add, an excellent right half

          4. Ken 1945 says:

            What I should have said was he deserved a little more simply because of his pioneering views.
            Coventry City is his epitaph as a genius in my opinion, but I could never take my eyes of his chin!!!

          5. Kenny Rolfe says:

            You’re absolutely right Ken, not forgetting the introduction of the first all seater stadium at Highfield Rd and regarding his short beard to hide his chin, even a trendsetter there, now that it’s become fashioable.

  5. adi says:

    Wilshere will leave if next manager doesnt want him. If i was in his position id be doing the same.

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