Leaked shopping list

Wilshere emerges as Real target

November 15, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere has been named as one of five transfer targets on a leaked Real Madrid document.

Cesc Fabregas has already left for Spain, will Jack Wilshere follow?
GettyImagesCesc Fabregas has already left for Spain, will Jack Wilshere follow?

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Wilshere, who pledged his future to the Gunners only last week and has a contract which runs until 2015, features alongside Lille's Eden Hazard, Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze, Barcelona's Rafinha Alcantara and Iker Muniain of Athletic Bilbao.

Spanish newspaper Marca published the shopping list of long-term potential signings under the headline 'Operation Madrid 2014', with Los Blancos clearly planning for the next batch of young stars to be brought in to complement the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The report claims Real's technical team would rather spend £30 million on the youngsters in the next two years than be quoted fees of more than £50 million when they are fully developed.

Marca is the unofficial mouthpiece for Real and the publication of the list has raised concerns that the Spanish club have taken the first step in a calculated approach to unsettle their transfer targets.

Arsenal fought a long battle with Barcelona over their public pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and eventually sold their skipper to the European champions in the summer for around £29 million. The Gunners could now be set to face a similar media campaign regarding Wilshere.