MANCHESTR (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be in the race to sign Arsenal FC winger Theo Walcott, who could leave the Gunners in the next transfer window.
Walcott and his representatives, it is believed, want Arsenal to increase their £80,000-a-week wage offer, but the Gunners are yet to make a decision.
The 23-year-old also wants Wenger to play him more in the starting XI with a more center forward position being his main preference.
However, the manager is not prepared to use him as a striker, and he’s now reluctant to put pen to paper on a new contract.
This news was quickly circulated in the media – leaving a frustrated Wenger to warn all suitors that his player will not be sold in January.
“With Theo, I have no news,” Wenger said. “I personally am not directly involved in that but of course I am indirectly.
“At the moment we have not made any progress.
“Between the player and myself it is all clear, he knows what I want and he has to make up his mind.
“We have been in negotiations for a long, long time and we have not been late in our renegotiations with him.
“We always try to extend players contracts very early.”
Ferguson is ready to reunite Walcott with his former teammate Van Persie at Manchester United and is prepared to test Wenger’s patience.
But the Frenchman could decide to make a swap for out of favour winger Nani, who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January.
Liverpool, Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City are all said to be in the running for Walcott as well, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid being the foreign teams interested.
Walcott’s contract expires in the summer and if he fails to come to an agreement before that time comes, Arsenal could lose him for nothing.