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Italian champions Juventus joined a long list of candidates chasing the signature of English winger Theo Walcott, who is currently into the final year of his contract at Arsenal. With talks of a new deal failing to bear fruit, the 23 year-old is a prime target for several clubs all over Europe.
The English international will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club if Arsenal fail to agree on a new contract before the January transfer window. The North Londoners are unwilling to accede to the playerâ€™s hefty wage demand along with his desire to move into a centre forward position in the squad.
Juve director Beppe Marotta is closely monitoring the player and is likely to approach him if he is without a new deal by January. Meanwhile, Spartak Moscow have also shown heavy interest in the forward with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all waiting to snap him up should Walcott look set to leave Arsenal on a free transfer next summer.
The Englishman can certainly dictate the terms of his new contract with Arsenal as several top clubs prepare to lure him away from the Emirates next year. Wenger is optimistic of agreeing to a new deal with the player's advisors this weekend, but the Frenchman is wisely prepared to sell him off in January if a contract fails to materialise.
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