A Turkish club President confirmed they held talks with Arsenal during the just concluded transfer market about signing Jack Wilshere on loan.
Details of the proposed team overhaul by Arsenal that failed to materialized are beginning to surface just a few weeks after the closure of the transfer window.
At the tail end of last season which saw Arsenal endured a long period of forgettable performances and defeats and the club missing out on a Champions League spot, the board and the manager resolved to undertake a significant squad overhaul.
Arsenal was opened to selling Jack Wilshere if the price was right
It appears that Jack Wilshere was among the players on the chopping list, as it has now emerged in a statement by Trabzonspor president Muharrem Usta that they held an advance talk with Arsenal with a view to a loan move to the Turkish club.
“I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere, We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.” Muharrem Usta
The same paper in another article confirmed Arsenal was opened to selling Wilshere to another Turkish club, this time Antalyaspor, but demanded a steep price for the England midfielder.
The paper quoted the Antalyaspor president Ali Safak Ozturk as saying
“We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere,” Ali Safak
During the transfer window, Arsene Wenger was on record to say he would only buy players if he was able to sell, this reports would suggest that Arsenal made efforts to offload several key players but failed to strike a favorable deal on them.
In all, 20 players left Arsenal, 9 of them on loan and some notable names on a permanent transfer among which are Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs.
Jack Wilshere time at Arsenal has been disrupted by injuries that sidelined him for several months each time, he faces stiff competition in the middle of the pack in the current Arsenal squad.
Jack Wilshere was on loan to Bournemouth last season where he made 27 appearances and went on loan to Bolton Wanderers in 2010.