Both Liverpool Football Club and Chelsea Football club have been linked with interest in Arsenal and England youngster Theo Walcott. The speedy winger was once believed as the next great winger to be produced under Arsene Wenger but years of under achievement have the Gunner’s boss looking ready to move on to the next one.
That next on being a young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has already made quite an impression since his high priced summer move to the Emirates Stadium from Southampton.
With Walcott now looking to be access to Wenger and Arsenal’s rebuilding plans, the £10 million rated played could be on the move this summer of 2012 as he will only have another year left on his contract at that point and it is likely that the Gunner’s will make a healthier profit to sell him now.
The Sun reports that Chelsea could be willing to offer up the services of young promising striker Daniel Sturridge in order to sweeten the deal. Sturridge still is contracted to the Blues until 2014 and Arsenal could see benefit from locking up a long term move for the youngster.
The Daily Mail has also weighed in on the possible move of Walcott away from Arsenal. The amount of money that he could be set to earn by moving to Chelsea, Liverpool or a number of other interested teams such as Italian Serie A side Juventus is well above what he is expected to have a chance at making with Arsenal.
Liverpool are also thought to be major players in the running for the 22-year-old as a long term replacement for aging right sided players Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez is going to be a major priority for the Reds this summer.
The acquisition of Stewart Downing to cover both right and left flanks depending on the situation has been a bust and Walcott could offer welcomed competition to his England teammate for the Reds to benefit from.
TalkSport has talked up the possibility of his Liverpool move as well as linking the player to Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton. However, Liverpool and Chelsea are thought to be Walcott’s two best and most promising choices.