The youngster’s future has been up in the air of late, as he just has one year left to run on his current contract with Arsenal. There has been absolutely no indication that the Gunners are even preparing a new offer for the 24-year-old, and rumors suggesting that there will definitely be one ‘high profile departure’ before the end of the transfer window has led to widespread speculation regarding his future.
Two of Arsenal’s biggest rivals, Manchester United and Chelsea, are apparently tracking the Englishman’s situation at the Emirates, and are waiting for an opportunity to arise so that they can launch bids to sign him. Both clubs are keen on bolstering their respective squads in wide positions, and would jump at the chance to add him to their ranks.
United have been tracking Ivan Perisic for most of the summer, but Inter Milan have played hard to get in negotiations, making it a huge cause of frustration for manager Jose Mourinho, who was desperate to seal a move for the player.
The Portuguese is keen on securing the signature of a winger this summer, and having already weakened rivals Chelsea by signing Nemanja Matic, prising Oxlade-Chamberlain away from Arsenal would link United to a very popular phrase in football, often used to describe Bayern Munich: “If you can’t beat em, sign their best players.”
Chelsea have also been keen on signing a winger, and have reportedly been tracking Antonio Candreva. Oxlade-Chamberlain is a far younger option though, and signing him would prove greater value for money.
Hence, if Arsenal don’t want him, it would be a logical move for the Blues to swoop in and attempt to bring him to Stamford Bridge. However, it is highly unlikely that the Gunners are going to sell him to their closest rivals, and their rivalry could complicate negotiations.
The transfer window closes in just fourteen days from now, so be it United or Chelsea, they have only two weeks to make their move.
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