Perhaps the most important thing about the financial side of any move is that Wilshere has made it clear that he wants regular minutes at his next club.

“I’ve been completely fit for a long time at the club, including during my last tournament in the past eight months – I trained hard every day – but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity. To play,” he said in his statement upon leaving West Ham.

But with Barty, Granit Chaka, Danny Ceballos, Mohamed El Nini, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all as options in midfield, Mikel Arteta already has a huge competition for places.

In a conversation with talkSPORT last week, Wilshere hinted that he might be looking to relocate overseas while looking for a new club.

He said, “I thought maybe I’ll get a bigger chance this year but I was grateful for him.” [David Moyes] It made it clear to me that I am not [in his plans] Perhaps it was in my best interest to leave and tried to find something else, so I did while here.

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“I’ve been fit since February and ready to go. I knew I wasn’t going to play at West Ham and could have stayed and sat there but I thought I couldn’t lose another year of my career.”

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