Brilliant and soon available: Poch must bang down Levy door for Tottenham to sign PL ace
COMMENT By Editor Wayne Veysey
It would be mighty controversial. It would require some super-smooth diplomacy and negotiating skills. And it would undoubtedly necessitate a hefty contract, and signing-on fee.
But that should not prevent Tottenham from pulling out all the stops to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.
Judging by the lack of movement on a new Arsenal contract – his current deal expires in the summer of 2018 – and a report in Thursday’s Times that lays down all the reasons why the midfielder wants to quit, one of the Premier League’s most exciting English talents will soon be available.
Naturally, there will be a less than orderly queue for a 23-year-old who is proven in the Premier League, has his best years ahead of him and who has been Arsenal’s outstanding player in 2017.
The big boys both home and overseas will flutter their eyelashes, offer big contracts and explain why their club is the perfect stage for the Southampton academy graduate to maximise his potential.
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Tottenham should be at the front of the queue.
They have so much to offer Oxlade-Chamberlain – a young, exciting team with a hugely impressive young manager and a spanking new stadium on the horizon.
Tottenham are on the up and, while boardroom ambition might not match some of Europe’s elite, the midfielder will be well used to that from his six years at Arsenal.
In turn, what a brilliant signing Oxlade-Chamberlain could be for Spurs.
Mobile, intelligent, energetic, technically gifted and with the ability to create and score goals, he would immediately add a new dimension to Pochettino’s midfield.
The 24-times England international has thrived after grasping opportunities to play in central midfield in recent weeks. He reads the game so well and is more than just a ball carrier who can ping deliveries into the box from out wide.
Sure, transfers between Arsenal and their bitter rivals at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road happen only once or twice a decade, but there are enough special cases (William Gallas and Sol Campbell, to name two) for it not to be written off completely.
It’s not like the Ox is a Gunners academy product, either, and has the same affiliation to the club as, say, Jack Wilshere.
Pochettino should bang down the door of chairman Daniel Levy for Spurs to sign him this summer.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.