Manchester United have joined the race forArsenal's contract rebel Theo Walcott, in a move that would echo former Gunner Robin van Perise, switching to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
United are believed to be Walcott's first choice should he leave the Emirates, and it is thought Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bring in the England international whose deal expires at the end of the season.
Contract negotiations between Walcott and Arsenal have broken down and have not taken place since August 28, after the player turned down their £75,000 a week offer. It is thought the player is looking for around £100,000, a sum which Arsenal are unlikely to offer Walcott.
At the same time, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is exploring the possibility of bringing in out-of-favour Manchester United winger Luis Nani, who would make an ideal replacement should the former Southampton man leave the London club. Arsenal will look to sell Walcott next month if a new deal cannot be agreed, rather than risk losing the player for nothing next summer.
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