Theo Walcott to Liverpool: Arsenal winger wants new contract to pay over £100,000-a-week as Liverpool consider Raheem Sterling replacement

Theo-WalcottTheo Walcott’s future at Arsenal has been thrown into serious doubt with the winger believed to be looking for a significant increase on his £90,000-a-week wages amid transfer interest from Liverpool.

Walcott has proven a tricky proposition when it has come to contract talks in the past, and with 15 months left to run on his current deal, there is talk of the 26-year-old moving on to pastures new. The Mirror reports this morning that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has singled out Walcott as a possible replacement for Raheem Sterling, should contract talks with the midfielder prove unsuccessful.

Walcott returned from a serious knee ligament injury in January this year, having missed the best part of a year after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in January 2014, but he is yet to tie down a place in the first team with Akexis Sanchez currently the first choice on the right wing.

However, with Walcott on a reported £90,000-a-week with the contract that he signed in January 2013, the Daily Mail claims the England international wants a wage packet worth considerably more than £100,000-a-week to put him in the region of the club’s highest earners.

Both Sanchez and Mesut Özil earn around £140,000-a-week, but it remains to be seen whether Walcott will be able to convince the club that he is worth the outlay given his torrid run with injuries over the years.

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The problem for Walcott is that a number of players can fill the wide position on the right, with Özil, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featuring in the role at some point. The last time Walcott was nearing the end of his contract, the idea of him leaving the club suddenly became a distinct possibility, only for negotiations to prove successful and a new deal signed for another three-and-a-half years that runs until the summer of 2016.

Walcott is believed to be looking for more than £100,000-a-week Walcott is believed to be looking for more than £100,000-a-week Liverpool made enquiries about his availability during those talks, and with Sterling currently stalling on a new deal amid speculation of a move to Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid, it appears that Rodgers has already begun to form a Plan B should Sterling move on.

Sterling’s pace has proved pivotal to Rodgers’ style of play at Anfield, and Walcott would continue the trend should he move to the Reds, although Sterling does show a better control of the ball at his feet compared to Walcott’s finishing ability in front of goal.

Sterling has delayed contract talks until the end of the season Sterling has delayed contract talks until the end of the season Both Walcott and Sterling were yesterday named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2016 European Championship qualifier with Lithuania and the international friendly against Italy, though they are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of playing time as Rodgers has concerns over the amount of football Sterling has played this season, while Walcott appears short on match fitness.

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