Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s future in north London is yet to be decided as well as a number of key players, such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
And now Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be another to at the very least contemplate his future at the club, with The Mirror reporting that Manchester United may be a possible destination for the England international.
Jose Mourinho is believed to be lining up a £30 million move for the 23-year-old, who has struggled to become a first team regular under Wenger.
While the transfer of Chamberlain from Arsenal to Manchester United will unlikely attract an outcry comparable to Robin van Persie’s 2012 move, the switch could be crucial in Arsenal’s attempts to sign United defender Chris Smalling, who is said to be a target of the London club for the past number of seasons.
With Michael Carrick yet to sign a new contract and with talks to take place between his representatives and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after next weekend’s EFL Cup final, Mourinho has added Oxlade-Chamberlain to a list of potential replacements for the 35-year-old, should Carrick’s decade at the club come to an end this summer.
The player who won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and 2015 has failed to build on his potential since signing for Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 and has scored just three Premier League goals in two seasons for Arsenal.
Mourinho believes the player would fit into his plans for United’s development over the next few seasons and has the potential to become a first team regular at Old Trafford alongside Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba.
Chamberlain’s time at Arsenal could be dependant on the future of Wenger, who himself could be on his way this summer. Should the Frenchman depart, the Portsmouth native may see that as his opportunity to finally show the Arsenal supporters just what he can do next season.
The Arsenal hierarchy may jump at the chance to recoup £30 million for a fringe player though, ahead of what will likely be a major rebuild this summer at the Emirates.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena