Jack Wilshere has surprisingly emerged as the name at the top of Pep Guardiola’s list of transfer targets at Manchester City, according to The Sun.
The former Barcelona boss has already begun reconstructing his midfield with the £21million capture of 25-year-old Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund.
But he also wants more Englishmen, with only three in his current squad — Joe Hart, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling.
And Wilshere, 24, is high on his list, despite the fact he has spent most of the last two seasons fighting injury.
Wilshere was also on the radar of Guardiola’s predecessor Manuel Pellegrini before he broke his leg in pre-season just under a year ago.
He has two years left on his contract with Arsenal and a new contract has been mooted.
Yet he is likely to be interested in joining the Pep revolution, especially as midfield competition has become stronger at the Emirates with the arrival of Granit Xhaka.
Premier League squads can contain a maximum of 17 foreign players while Uefa rules are stricter.
In a 25-man squad 17 can be foreign but at least half of the home contingent must have spent at least three years at an English club between the ages of 15 and 21.
Gundogan’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund swells the number of foreign stars at the Etihad — as will French central defender Aymeric Laporte, 22, who is poised to leave Athletic Bilbao for £39m.