Is Mourinho pulling the strings with Manchester United interested in Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain?

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Jose Mourinho wanted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Chelsea, now Manchester United are reportedly interested in the Arsenal star.

Hours after Manchester United clinched their place in this year's FA Cup final, more reports emerged claiming Jose Mourinho's summer appointment at the club is a done deal.

The Sunday Express reported that Mourinho will be announced as United manager within the next two weeks.

On Monday, ESPN reported United have joined the teams interested in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

Beyond the Express' claims that Mourinho is already researching potential transfer targets for United, there is reason to consider that the ex-Real Madrid boss is pulling the strings on this one.

Last year The Sun reported that Mourinho tried to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, as part of his attempts to play hardball over the Petr Cech deal.

Arsenal refused to sell, and Oxlade-Chamberlain went onto score the winner against Chelsea in the Community Shield, which set up a miserable season for Chelsea and Mourinho.

Unfortunately for Oxlade-Chamberlain, that was about as good as it got, with another season of being played in different positions and struggling with injuries making it a case of deja vu.

For Arsenal, selling him to United would be a gamble, especially with Mourinho in charge next season, but United were not afraid to cut Danny Welbeck loose a year ago, and if the ex-Porto and Inter boss really wants the England international, the Red Devils may make an offer Arsenal cannot refuse.

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