Jack Wilshere would have signed for Roma instead of Bournemouth, but the move was blocked by Arsenal, according to a report on the Daily Mail.
Wilshere joined Bournemouth on loan in a surprise move on transfer deadline day, after he had been strongly linked with Crystal Palace and Roma, with reports indicating he preferred to join the Serie A club.
Any hope he had of joining the Italian giants was however dashed as the Gunners reportedly put an end to it
According to the report, having weighed up all of the loan offers, which included deals from Crystal Palace and AC Milan, Arsenal decided Bournemouth’s package represented the best financial value for the club.
Roma were believed to be confident of reaching a deal, but they failed to match Bournemouth’s offer to the Gunners.
The report claims Eddie Howe’s side agreed to pay Arsenal’s £2million loan fee and also offered to pay Wilshere’s £80,000-per week wages in full.
Despite reservations about his level of playing time at Roma given their already congested midfield, Wilshere was still prepared to move to Italy believing the change in scenery would benefit his career moving forward.
But any hope of a move to Europe where dashed as Arsenal opted for the best financial deal available, the report said.