Baldini negotiating for Wilshere


English tabloid The Telegraph released an extensive report on Roma’s pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere as it is being reported that Franco Baldini, who is at the club as a consultant, is working as the negotiator on the operation to bring the Englishman to the club. Here is the full report:

“Roma want to reunite the 24-year-old with his former Gunners team-mate Wojciech Szczesny, who spent last season on loan with the Serie A club and extended that agreement for a further 12 months this summer. Former Tottenham Hotspur director of football Franco Baldini is working as a transfer consultant for Roma and was in England over the weekend.”

“Baldini already knows Wilshere from his time working as assistant to Fabio Capello, when he was manager of the England national team. Arsenal would have no problem with Wilshere moving to Roma, where the slower pace and less physical style of football would be good for him but money may well be an issue. Although Wilshere is by no means among Arsenal’s highest earners, Roma are struggling for cash and may not be able to pay his full £90,000-a-week salary. That means Arsenal would have to agree to subsidise Wilshere’s wages while he was away for a move to Roma to go through before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.”

“Arsenal have already knocked back interest in Wilshere from a club they consider a Premier League top-four rival and are set to receive other offers from England. Valencia have shown an interest in Spain and Roma also face competition from other Serie A clubs. Celtic are on the lookout for a midfielder and Wilshere would suit the approach of manager Brendan Rodgers, but Arsenal may feel the Scottish Premier League is too physical.”

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