Walcott contract talks stretch on as Liverpool lie in wait

Arsenal and Theo Walcott are still in talks over a new contract and look set to carry on into the New Year despite Arsene Wenger issuing a Christmas deadline for the Englishman.

Walcott has apparently already rejected a previous offer from the club and has refused to conduct formal conversations about a possible extension.

The Englishman’s contract runs out in the summer of 2013 and should he decide to, he could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from January 1st.

He can sign for any English club for free in the summer if he decides not to extend his contract with Arsenal.

If Arsenal value Walcott highly then they’d do well to hurry up contract talks and put pen to paper before an attractive foreign option becomes available.

Wenger has said he doesn’t want Walcott to leave in the upcoming transfer window, even if that opens up the possibility of him leaving for nothing at the end of the season.

Walcott has been linked with a number of clubs but it seems Liverpool – and Brendan Rodgers – are very interested in bringing the Englishman to Liverpool. However, Manchester City, United and Chelsea have all indicated their interest in the forward.

A fee of £10 million has been rumoured but one would think that the Reds could do a lot better with their money.

He would prefer to stay at Arsenal but only if the club can match his wage demands and offer him the chance to play centrally rather than the wing. Its thought that Arsenal have offered him in the region of £75,000 per week but Walcott allegedly wants closer to £100,000.

It is understood that the primary reason behind Walcott’s refusal to discuss terms is down to the fact he was pushed aside to the substitutes’ bench after rejecting Arsenal’s previous offer.

Arsenal seem to have an issue with leaving contract extensions down to the last minute after Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie both left as their expiry date loomed.

Wenger has confirmed that he hopes Walcott will be a part of Arsenal’s long-term future but recently admitted his frustration with his player as contract talks stalled.

“I am frustrated, honestly,” cried Wenger.

“Between the player and me it is all clear, he knows what he wants and he has to make up his mind.”

It seems this could be another long drawn-out transfer saga that could stretch into the summer. An offer in January for Walcott could, however, test Arsenal’s resolve.


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