Former Republic of Ireland international, Kenny Cunningham, believes that Manchester United should do everything they can to sign Alex Olxade-Chamberlain this summer.
Although United haven’t actually been linked with the Ox yet, Cunningham believes a player like him could really help the Red Devils’ current squad.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a year left on his contract at Arsenal, they should be breaking the bank to bring that type of player to the club,” the former Sunderland defender told RTE Sport [via the Irish Independent] after United’s 2-1 UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.
“That would improve them in that area of the pitch.”
As Cunningham said, the 23-year-old has under a year left on his current deal with Arsenal and while it did look as if he would accept the Gunners’ alleged £100k-per-week offer, for whatever reason, he reportedly rejected it and is now apparently demanding £120k-per-week instead.
This is despite suffering 11 injuries since signing from Arsenal from Southampton in 2011. In fact, last season he made 29 appearances in the Premier League – the most since he moved to north London.
So far this summer, United have signed Victor Lindelof for a reported £31m from Benfica, Romelu Lukaku for somewhere in the region of £75m, and Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for an apparent £40m.
While the Ox may only have a year left on his current deal, he’s an England international and United are Arsenal’s rivals so not only would Arsene Wenger ask for a huge transfer fee, he’s probably just refuse to do business with them.