Manchester United urged to ‘break the bank’ to sign 23-year-old midfielder

Former Republic of Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham feels Manchester United should break the bank to pursue the services of Arsenal contract rebel Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England international has recently snubbed a fresh Gunners contract beyond next summer, and this has increased speculation over his future with Chelsea and Liverpool credited with an interest.

Following United’s 2-1 Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid in midweek, Cunningham was particularly critical of the performance of Ander Herrera and feels United should put together an enticing offer to pursue the England international.

“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,” Cunningham told RTE Sport h/t The Independent.“That would improve them in that area of the pitch.”

The former Southampton graduate has largely been a bit-part player during his time at the Emirates, but he showed immense progress in the tail-end of last season where he was deployed as a wing-back in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Oxlade-Chamberlain sees his future as more of a central midfielder, and he could potentially emerge as a late transfer option for Mourinho, who had tried to pursue his services previously at Chelsea. The 23-year-old notched two goals and assisted a further seven for Arsenal last term.

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