Pep Guardiola was spotted in Amsterdam earlier this week where it is believed he talked over possible summer transfer targets with Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain. One man that may well have come up in that conversation is Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to The Times journalist Henry Winter, Guardiola has held an interest in the England international since March 2014. Then only 20-years-old, Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a very impressive performance against Guardiola's Bayern Munich side at the Allianz Arena.
Playing in central midfield, the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm struggled to contain the former Southampton starlet. It seems that Guardiola has tracked his progress ever since and is interested in bringing him to Manchester City as part of huge summer of spending.
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While Oxlade-Chamberlain may have played in the centre of Arsenal's midfield that night two years ago, Guardiola still sees him as a winger and wants him to fit into City's right-hand side with fellow England international Raheem Sterling on the opposite flank.
Not only is Guardiola interested, but the Spaniard may be arriving in the Premier League at the perfect time to sign him. Oxlade-Chamberlain has frequently been found sitting on the bench with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott favoured by Arsene Wenger.
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With his contract set to expire in 2018, the Gunners will be looking to extend it at the end of the season. However, if Oxlade-Chamberlain feels he can get better opportunities – and much better pay – elsewhere, he may well refuse to sign fresh terms at the Emirates.
A report in yesterday's Daily Mail claimed Manchester City would face anything but a clear run at Oxlade-Chamberlain should he become available. West Ham United are very interested while Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all monitoring the situation.
Arsenal would be reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival, especially one in the capital, and would likely demand a highly-inflated fee to release him. However, they face a tricky situation if Oxlade-Chamberlain decides against extending his contract.
Luckily, the same publication claimed only hours later that he currently has no intention of quitting Arsenal and is determined to prove himself at the club. While he would be open to joining another Premier League club, he would only do so if Arsenal decide to sell him.
The 22-year-old is focussed on regaining his fitness from a knee injury, which looks set to keep him out until the end of April. That leaves him struggling to make Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 but he is determined to give himself every chance.
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