Oxlade-Chamberlain has been attracting alot of attention from both Arsenal and Manchester United in recent months, with Arsenal coming close to signing him in the January transfer window. It’s also rumoured that several other Premiership clubs, including Liverpool have been sniffing around the winger. Added to that, the attention of a number of big names on the continent and you have one hotly contested transfer target!
Arsenal were tantalisingly close to the 17 year old’s signature, at one point even claiming that they’d signed the player during January, a claim which was later quashed by Southampton. Now it seems that Sir Alex has managed to swoop for the highly rated player, right under the nose of his Premiership rivals.
Southampton will apparently agree a £10 million transfer fee with Manchester United, with £5 million to be paid up front. The remaining amount will be paid depending on the player’s appearances for United. It’s being labelled as the biggest teenage transfer in Premier League history.
Southampton didn’t want to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain, claiming that first team football in the lower leagues was better than warming the bench in the Premiership. Ferguson appears to have allayed those fears however, personally promising Chamberlain that he will be given first team football at United. Arsenal it seems, were unable to offer the youngster the same deal. Ironically, it was another product of Southampton’s youth system which would have kept him out the side; Theo Walcott.
First team football at Old Trafford is not something you get offered every day, and it’s unlikely that the young man will turn down Ferguson’s offer leaving Arsene very red in the face!
Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 34 appearances for Southampton, scoring 8 goals in the process.
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