Arsene Wenger set to seal deal to bring Southampton youngster to the Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will end the chase for the teenager rated the most talented in English football.
Every major Premier League club, including Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United, have been tracking Southampton boy wonder Alex Chamberlain.
But the 17-year-old midfielder visited Arsenal’s training ground on Friday, met manager Wenger and will sign a £10million deal after talks with chief executive Ivan Gatzidis on Wednesday.
An initial payment of £7m is likely to be followed by supplementary fees when the England Under-18 international reaches the first team.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Talk of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being Arsenal bound have been circulating for a few weeks now but it does seem that a deal is now set to be sealed with the Southampton youngster set to move to the Emirates Stadium early next week as the teenager follows in the footsteps of Theo Walcott who of course made the same switch in January 2006.
The Saints attacker has been practically an ever present for the south-coast club this season and has helped Nigel Adkins side in their push to get themselves back in the Championship and it looks likely that any move would involve the Portsmouth born 17 year old being loaned straight back to the club for the remainder of the season.
There is some talk of a possible last ditch attempt by Man City to nab the son of former England international Mark Chamberlain but it seems that Arsenal is the player’s first choice and clearly he will feel that under Arsene Wenger he stands the most chance of being blooded in the top tier earlier than at other clubs.
The Emirates outfit are clearly known for trusting to youth and Chamberlain will have to be confident of his ability to stick out from the crowd as there are a wealth of talented youngsters already at the club who he will have to out do in order to forge a career for himself at the club.
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