By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is seeking a new Arsenal deal that will double his £52,000-a-week wages, Football Insider sources understand.
The England international wants a new contract worth more than £100,0000-a-week as he enters the prime years of his career.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, the Gunners are ready to begin negotiations with Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose current agreement expires in the summer of 2018.
However, the 22-year-old midfielder is seeking a 200 per cent pay rise that will lift him on a par with the likes of Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny at Emirates Stadium.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Chelsea and Manchester United are among the clubs who have asked to be kept informed about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s situation. There is also interest from Liverpool.
Manager Arsene Wenger retains full faith in the 22-year-old and does not want to cash in on him in the summer.
Arsenal are ready to hand the attacking midfielder a hefty rise on his current deal, which is worth £52,000-a-week.
But they will stop short of offering the player a deal that will double his wages and lift him on a par with the second bracket of earners at Emirates Stadium.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started the last two Arsenal matches after a lengthy spell on the fringes and scored his first ever away goal for the Londoners in their 2-0 win at Bournemouth two weeks ago.
But he has struggled for game time in recent months despite serious injuries to the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Francis Coquelin.
Oxlade-Chamberlain did not score a single Premier League goal in 2015 and in 31 matches in all competitions this season, he has scored just two goals and supplied two assists, a poor return for a player who predominantly plays on the flanks.
Sky TV pundit Graeme Souness questioned recently whether Oxlade-Chamberlain takes football seriously enough and says he should be “banging down” Wenger’s door when he is not in the team.
The latest Arsenal news is that the Londoners are keen to tie down first-teamers aged under 30 to long-term contracts and the Oxlade-Chamberlain contract situation is the latest on their radar as they also work on new deals for Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez.