Having reportedly turned down a new contract at current club Arsenal, Theo Walcott has been offered a take it or leave it 5 year deal worth £75,000-a-week, with Manchester City and Liverpool on alert regarding the wingers contract situation.
Arsenal are keen to retain the services of the England wide midfielder and are looking towards Walcott to commit himself to sign a new long-term contract. However with another summer of selling star players, Theo Walcott could be next out the Emirates door with Arsenal reluctant to let the player leave on a free next summer.
This has alerted both Manchester City and Liverpool, with each club willing to meet the £15million asking price. But with Arsenal wanting to retain their star player, what can Walcott expect at current club Arsenal and possible clubs Manchester City and Liverpool.
Having been at Arsenal for 6 years, Walcott has yet to fulfill his potential as a player. With criticism of his final delivery Walcott has not hidden his desire to play in a more central role, and with the recent departure of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United, it could well be the opportunity Walcott has been craving for to lead the Arsenal.
- Manchester City
The one thing Manchester City can offer to Walcott that neither Arsenal or Liverpool can is a hefty pay-rise. Add to that the chance for Walcott to win his first silverware as a player, it may be a tempting proposition. However with a choice of several world class players at Mancini’s disposal and a tactic that includes a front four of Tevez, Aguero, Silva and Nasri, how much game time can Walcott expect to get? Not much.
At Liverpool, Walcott could become part of a new look team that are aiming to challenge for a Champions League place. With current England winger Stewart Downing under-performing in a Liverpool shirt, Walcott may well be seen as an ideal replacement to offer width and pace. However, you can hardly imagine Walcott giving up Champions League football with Arsenal in return for Europa League football with Liverpool.
It is therefore hard to imagine why Walcott would leave current club Arsenal where he has the greatest chance of playing more central, his desired position, maybe for money or maybe for silverware. Either way, come Friday all will become clear.