Southampton prepare tempting offer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has emerged as a top summer transfer target for his former club Southampton, who are keen to show their ambition by bringing him back to St Mary's.

The Arsenal midfielder has struggled to establish himself in Arsene Wenger's set-up this season with form and fitness issues hampering his progress.

Having left Southampton for Arsenal as a highly rated 17-year-old in 2011, there is a feeling from fans and pundits that, five years later, he is yet to realise his enormous talent.


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As a result, a move could be best for all parties. Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to consider sizeable offers while Oxlade-Chamberlain could himself be tempted by the prospect of regular first-team football.

But Southampton are ready to offer him more than just a key place in their side. According to the Mirror, Ronald Koeman will promise to make him the highest-paid player at the club and will throw the vice-captaincy in as a cherry on top.

Unique offer

It is the kind of unique offer that will be needed if they are to coax the 22-year-old back to where he spent his childhood. Indeed, the same report says that Oxlade-Chamberlain is happy at the Emirates and is determined to pay Wenger's faith back by becoming a prominent star.

However, with Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell emerging as challengers for the wide positions, Oxlade-Chamberlain faces being pushed to the fringes of the squad if he does not improve in the near future.

With two years left on his contract, it is the perfect time to try and make a move. Arsenal are unsure as to whether he can become the player they thought he was going to be while the England international may be ready to take a step back in order to go forward.

Rival interest

Convincing Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave may not even be the biggest issue. There is reportedly rival interest from Premier League trio Manchester City, West Ham and Chelsea, all of whom will be able to offer bigger wages and a better prospect of European football.

Pep Guardiola has reportedly been keeping his eye on Oxlade-Chamberlain ever since he impressed at the Allianz Arena in a 2014 Champions League tie while Chelsea are always looking to boost their homegrown numbers.

Asking price

No price is mentioned in the original report, but it is likely that Arsenal will demand a much higher fee than the £15m they originally paid for him. Wenger is well aware of the premium that comes attached to England internationals and could potentially demand close to £30m for one as reputable as The Ox.

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