Manchester City are planning an ambitious attempt to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the New Year. The England international has recently earned a regular start under manager Arsene Wenger.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, was mostly a substitute during the opening stages of the campaign with Alex Iwobi being preferred on the left side of the attack.
Since the start of December, there has been a swap in roles between the two, and this has benefited the Englishman’s progress to a greater extent barring the dismal performance against Everton at Goodison Park.
According to The Sun, The Citizens boss Pep Guardiola is lining up a potential £25m for the versatile attacker, who has just 18 months left on his existing deal at the Emirates.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has already issued a hands-off warning for the Ox by iterating that the winger would stay for the long-term, but the latest speculation is likely to put more pressure on the club’s hierarchy to negotiate a fresh deal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has already enjoyed his best return in an Arsenal shirt – six goals and six assists, but he could still be tempted by a challenge elsewhere, should the Gunners prolong his contract extension.
The attacker has amassed over 160 appearances for the North London giants since arriving as a highly-rated prospect from Southampton in August 2011.