Jack Wilshere could be set for a move to Old Trafford this summer, with the United hierarchy reportedly keen on the 21-year-old.
Robin van Persie made the controversial move from Arsenal to Manchester United last summer and it appears that the Dutchman could be joined by Jack Wilshere over the coming weeks, with the bookmakers shortening the odds on the midfielder heading to the north-west.
Wilshere appears committed to the Arsenal cause for now, although there is clearly a stronger chance that the player can win trophies at Old Trafford and here are three reasons why a shock move could happen.
There’s an argument that Jack Wilshere doesn’t fit into the Arsenal system, with Wenger employing a 4-2-3-1 formation which leaves the youngster sitting in a holding role alongside Mikel Arteta.
The obvious place for the 21-year-old in the Gunners’ 4-2-3-1 formation is just behind the striker, but manager Arsene Wenger appears to prefer Tomas Rosicky or Santi Cazorla in that role.
2) Manchester United need new blood in the engine room
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have already started to hang up their boots and there is room in the United midfield for a player like Wilshere, who could operate just behind Robin van Persie as well as dropping deeper to accompany Michael Carrick in front of the defence.
With Anderson and Nani set for summer moves away from Old Trafford and the future of Ashley Young also unclear, it appears a gap for a classy midfielder who could be persuaded a move to United will help in the search for silverware.
3) United are ready to spend big bucks this summer
It is clear that the Glazers are prepared to arm new boss David Moyes with a war chest after the instant impact of Robin van Persie this season, with a significant amount of budget allocated to sign players such as Wilshere and Robert Lewandowski.
Outgoing United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said recently: “Hopefully the players we bring into the club in the next year or so will be of the quality we need. We are competitive in the market – we are not Chelsea or Manchester City in terms of money but we are competitive.
“We’ve been doing a bit of work on that over the last three or four months, targeting who the players are that we feel could enhance us, make us better or help us maintain the level we are at.”
Matthew Glazier writes for Bettingpro.com, an award-winning football, news and betting website.