Battle for Jack Wilshere has begun

The battle to land Jack Wilshere has begun, and he is not short of offers already.

The England midfielder confirmed on Tuesday that he was ending his 17-year association with Arsenal when his contract expires this summer.

Arsenal had offered Wilshere fresh terms, but the player decided to leave after talks with new Gunners boss Unai Emery.

“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay,” said Wilshere.

“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”

The 26-year-old and his team are now fielding offers from around the world. Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Besiktas have been quick to make moves, and sizeable ones at that.

Sevilla have shown an interest, both Milan clubs, and Juventus have also made contact, as well as Monaco – where former Chelsea director Michael Emenalo is in charge.

Celtic and Rangers also also keen, but their wage limitations mean they are unlikely to be heading the queue.

The most interest is emanating form home with a host of Premier League clubs ready to take him – I understand Fulham have joined capital rivals West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford in touching base, whilst Wolves, Newcastle and Everton have also been in touch.

Bookmakers have seen major interest from punters backing Fenerbahce, and a move to Turkey is now the favourite options with BetVictor making that option odds-on at 4/5.

Of the English clubs, West Ham and Palace are favourites at 3/1.

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