Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rather surprisingly been linked with a summer switch to Premier League rivals Manchester United, with sources suggesting the Red Devils have been monitoring him for a while, according to ESPN.
Many fans are growing tired with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as he hasn’t realised the massive potential he showed as a teenager. His failure to progress since he joined the club has resulted in a lot of frustration, and the report suggests Arsene Wenger is willing to cash in on him this summer.
He’s been heavily linked with a move back to his old club Southampton (via the Metro), where we signed him from in 2011. Liverpool and Manchester City have also been credited with an interest, but at the moment it’s Manchester United who are being tipped to make a move.
Providing they stumped up the cash, a move to Liverpool or Southampton wouldn’t have been all that surprising. It would be a bit of a step down for the winger, but in exchange for regular first-team football he may be willing to make that step.
It’s also believable that City would be keen on his signature, as they are always looking for players to boost their homegrown quota. They spend big on players from outside the country, but struggle to fill their team with Englishman. This is why we’ve seen them sign the likes of Fabian Delph, James Milner, and Gareth Barry in the past, despite the trio being nowhere near the quality of players like Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and David Silva.
Manchester United have fallen from grace somewhat since the departure of sir Alex Ferguson, but signing the Ox is unlikely to help them recover. The report that he’s one of their top targets therefore raises some real questions, and is pretty hard to believe. He doesn’t really seem like a Man United type of signing either, as they are more known for spending big on established stars like Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
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It seems questionable we’d even sell to Manchester United if they did come in with an offer, especially after the Robin van Persie debacle. The Ox really deserves more time anyway, and if we were to sell him to United only to see him blossom into a top player, imagine the outrage.