Back in the summer, when it became obvious that Petr Cech was going to leave Chelsea and he was going to leave us for rivals Arsenal, there was a version of that transfer floating around that involved a player exchange, too, with young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming the other way as part compensation. The deal eventually got done without any other players involved, but apparently Arsenal have changed their tune on The Ox since.
Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for England international midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer as it is thought he has not made enough progress during his five seasons at the Emirates. [...] Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could miss up to the next six weeks with a knee injury, has just over two years remaining on his contract, and as a 22-year-old international would cost more than £15m on the summer market. Chelsea made an enquiry about the player last summer, during the Petr Cech negotiations, but Arsenal said no.
At the price quoted, a young, promising, (injury prone?) attacking midfielder may not be the worst idea. In a way, it would remind me of the Marko Marin signing (the Eden Hazard failsafe), but with the added benefit of Oxlade-Chamberlain being homegrown. Now, obviously, signing just one Marko Marin was a useless move and two wrongs don't make a right, but perhaps I'm being harsh on The Ox and he's just been unlucky and is just waiting to truly explode onto the scene as he had threatened to do so at times in recent seasons. In which case, £15m would be a bargain. (We had even thought about a £20m standalone bid in the summer, supposedly, too.)