Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere could stay at Bournemouth beyond next summer when his loan move expires, according to Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn.
Wilshere, who has consistently struggled with injuries in recent seasons, joined the South Coast club in pursuit of regular playing time this summer.
The 24-year-old has already made three league appearances for his new club following his move on the transfer deadline day.
He had a forgettable day in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester City, but he was one of the better players on the pitch when the Cherries defeated Everton 1-0 on Saturday.
Now, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear on multiple occasions that he sees Wilshere’s long-term future with the Gunners, but Mostyn has suggested that the Cherries might consider making a move for the player next summer.
He also hinted that the club owner Maxim Demin could approve a big-money bid for the player.
Mostyn, quoted in the Evening Standard (via Sky Sports), said: “I think anything is possible. The best we can do is integrate Jack into the team and help him fulfil what he wants.
“Whether or not we will go beyond a season, I think everything is possible.
“You have to be realistic and Jack may well consider his home to be back at Arsenal. If that was the case then we couldn’t disagree with his decision – and the decision will be his.
“But if there is a possibility and Eddie Howe decides that he’s somebody he wants to keep, it will be up to him.
“He will have to persuade [owner] Maxim Demin to unload a huge treasure chest in order to keep him. That would be the $64m question – it may even be the £64m transfer fee!”