Highly rated Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will become the subject of a triple transfer tussle between Barclays Premier League giants Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United reports skysports.com.
The 17-year-old starlet recently capped an impressive first season for the Saints by winning promotion back to the Npower Championship, having played a starring role in manager Nigel Adkins' side this year.
His fine early season form captured the attention of both Arsenal and Manchester United in the January transfer window, with Sir Alex Ferguson openly stating his admiration for such a young talent in an Old Trafford press conference.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was also keen to take a closer look at Chamberlain, who could well follow former Saint Theo Walcott to the Emirates Stadium if he chooses to join Arsenal.
Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is another name rumoured to be courting the precocious wing wizard, with a view to tempting him to move to Anfield to join Kenny Dalglish and his Reds revolution.
Comolli has been spotted in attendance at St Mary's stadium, thought to be running the rule over Chamberlain ahead of a proposed Liverpool bid.
Chamberlain's teammate, Morgan Schneiderlin – another exciting young Frenchman who was also once linked with Arsenal before moving to the south coast, spoke of his fear of Southampton losing their battle to keep the squad together.
"Hopefully Alex will stay with us, but it's going to be very difficult because every team wants him," the midfielder told The Sun.
"It will be the chairman and the management staff’s job to keep him, but it’s up to Alex and what he wants.
"We want the best team to get back into the Premier League and Alex is one of the best players."
With Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all interested in Chamberlain, he could be forgiven for having his head turned.
But a decision on his future will be determined by where he, and his representatives believe his footballing education will be best served.
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