Jack Wilshere is among the many Arsenal players who have been allowed to whittle down their contracts.
The midfielder has just over a year left on his current deal, and while Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be the club’s priorities, his future still needs to be sorted as soon as possible.
According to the Daily Mail, Crystal Palace, Watford, and Roma are all monitoring the situation of the Bournemouth loanee, but he has set his sights on a slightly more glamorous destination.
Having watched England team-mate Joe Hart revive his career in Serie A, the 25-year-old is hoping to swap the South Coast for the San Siro and head to AC Milan.
It’s understood that the one and only David Beckham, formerly of the Italian giants, has spoken to him and convinced him of the merits of a spell on the continent.
If Arsene Wenger remains at the helm, he is a manager who rates Wilshere. Where others would have given up on him, the Frenchman has resisted that temptation and was reluctant to let him leave permanently last summer.
Between now and the end of the season, the challenge for Eddie Howe will be to keep him fit to ensure he’s at least playing regularly somewhere next term.