Amid controversy over Chelsea’s bid for 21-year-old Nigerian and Wigan striker, Victor Moses, Arsenal are said to be making a bid for the footballer. Daily Mail of London reports that Arsenal are lining up Moses as a replacement for contract rebel Theo Walcott.
The Gunners winger’s deal expires next summer and the 23-year-old is yet to commit his future to the club. And boss Arsene Wenger is preparing a bid for Moses, who shone as the Latics avoided relegation from the Premier League last season.
Chelsea have already had a £4 million bid rejected for the 21-year-old but are expected to return with an improved offer. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has warned potential suitors that Moses will cost £10m. Whelan has offered his prized asset a new long-term deal worth £20,000 per week, but Moses has made it clear he does not want to extend his stay at the DW Stadium.
The youngster has set his heart on a move to Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Liverpool, and now Arsenal, according to the Daily Star. Walcott meanwhile is unhappy with the offer of a new four-year deal, worth £70,000-a-week. He wants nearer £100,000 and has emerged as a target for Chelsea.
Wenger is prepared to allow the England international to leave at the right price, believed to be £15m. Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez, is optimistic that Moses will be in the club’s lineup against Chelsea at the DW Stadium on the opening day of the season.
Martinez believes he will have the 21-year-old striker with him for at least another season, The Sun of London reports.
He said, “I am looking forward to Victor coming back refreshed and ready to go.”