According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Everton are hoping to scupper Manchester City‘s attempts to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by tempting the winger to Goodison Park this summer.

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates after  Laurent Koscielny scores their first goal
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain 

The Mirror reports that the 23-year-old will be out of contract at the end of next season and is planning to consider his options when the curtain comes down on this current campaign.

And it appears that he will not be short on potential opportunities away from the Emirates with the Mirror reporting that the Toffees are set to battle Pep Guardiola’s men for his signature.

However, Ronald Koeman may face an uphill battle trying to land the England international as the Mirror adds that City are in pole position to win the race and complete a deal.

But it would not be a surprise if Everton were ultimately able to surprise City, should the former Southampton man decide that he needs to move on and leave the Emirates.

After several years of struggling to really hold down a spot in Arsene Wenger’s team, Oxlade-Chamberlain may find it much easier to believe that he will enjoy a lot more first-team football at Goodison Park than he would in Manchester given the incredible depth that City have in attacking areas.

Everton appear to be a club moving in the right direction currently, so it would surely make sense for the youngster to consider taking one step back as it may see his career ultimately move to the level that he has only threatened to reach at Arsenal.