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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere came close to an exit in the summer window with reports indicating that Arsene Wenger offered him to Trabzonspor in his bid to land Yusuf Yazici from the Turkish giants.
The Turkish side were understood to be keen on the England international during the summer window while the Gunners also had an interest in Yazici.
It is now being reported that Arsenal were prepared to offer Wilshere to Trabzonspor in exchange for Yazici.
According to Haberturk via Daily Cannon, The Gunners were willing to pay £14.4m for Yazici over the summer but Wilshere, who Arsenal allegedly valued at £9m, would be part of the deal.
The report further states that the reason for the break in negotiations was that Trabzonspor valued Yazici closer to £18m and therefore rejected the Gunners’ reported offer.
Wilshere eventually remained at the Emirates and continues to work his way back into Wenger’s plans. With the 25-year-old yet to be offered an extension to his contract that runs out at the end of the current campaign, the gaffer has recently suggested that the player’s future will depend on how well he is able to stay fit.
“Wilshere struggled historically with repeated injuries,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “Nobody would question his talent. Nobody would question his exceptional ability to beat people with the ball. But in this job you need first health.
“Today the requests and demands in the competitions are so high physically that you can only be your best physically if you can play at least 10 games on the trot.
“That is what’s at stake for Jack Wilshere. Keep health and compete and be capable to compete.
“If he can play from now until December at the top level he will be back. If there are other setbacks then it will be difficult for him.
“It’s a vital season, it’s the end of his contract, a World Cup year. He’s an Arsenal player since he’s a kid so all that is at stake for him.
“You would love a player like him, of that quality, to come back. In fact he had a very good game in BATE Borisov, a very brilliant first half when he was back to his best. So he’s not far away now. But let’s hope in the next two to three weeks he can play regularly in the first team.”