Manchester United are preparing to hijack Arsenal's bid for Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a deal worth £10 million.
The England under-21 international was close to a move to the Gunners in the January transfer window, but Saints wanted to keep the midfielder until the end of the season to help lead their League One promotion challenge.
But this summer United, as well as Arsenal, will test the south-coast club's resolve with the a £10 million bid.
The challenge for Sir Alex Ferguson will be convincing Oxlade-Chamberlain that he'll have a better chance of developing his talent at Old Trafford rather than at The Emirates Stadium where the likes of Aaron Ramsey, who turned down United before signing for Arsenal, and former Southampton man Theo Walcott have been nurtured into the first team.
In-fact the stumbling block over any move Arsene Wenger might make for the winger might be Walcott himself, who may well block his route into the side for the foreseeable future.
United however, plan to use Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately in the first team, instead of phasing him in with occasionally Carling Cup appearances like other youngsters to join Old Trafford have done in the past.