Manchester City target triple summer Arsenal swoop - sources
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Manchester City are eyeing a triple summer swoop for Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta, Football Insider sources understand.
The Champions League semi-finalists are keen to add Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain to the squad of incoming manager Pep Guardiola.
Arteta could join the City coaching staff under his friend Guardiola if he hangs up his playing boots at the end of the season.
A City recruitment source has told Football Insider that Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been targeted by City as they eye midfielders in the summer who will increase their home-grown quota.
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Ramsey signed a new £110,000-a-week Arsenal contract in 2014 on the back of the finest performances of his career but he has subsequently failed to hit those heights and a mammoth offer could persuade the London giants to cash in.
The 25-year-old is a regular starter when fit but the emergence of Mohamed Elneny, the return of Santi Cazorla and likely addition of a new central midfielder at Emirates Stadium in the summer could mean the Welshman’s opportunities limited in his favourite position next season.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s camp have let it be known that he could leave as he enters the final two years of his contract amid strong interest from City as well as Manchester United and Liverpool.
Arteta is out of contract at the end of the season and, as revealed by Football Insider in February, is weighing up retirement from playing.
Guardiola has sounded out Arteta, who is a friend from their Barcelona days, about joining his coaching set-up at Etihad Stadium.
Arteta has begun preparing for his post-playing days by starting to take his coaching badges at Arsenal and works with the club’s academy during his increasingly frequent absences from the first team.
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