Chelsea will open talks with Arsenal next week
regarding a deal to bring Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain to Stamford Bridge, according to
The former Southampton man has made it clear
that he wants to leave Arsenal this summer
and will not be penning a new contract with
his current deal set to expire next summer.
Liverpool were favourites to sign the England
international with Manchester City also
reportedly monitoring his situation at the
Despite his contract running down, Arsenal were
reportedly holding out for around £25m-30m for
the midfielder which led both clubs to pursue
Fresh from breaking their club transfer record
to bring Alvaro Morata to the club, Chelsea
have emerged as frontrunners for his signature.
Arsenal also have Alexis Sanchez and Mesut
Ozil in the last year of their contracts and
would hate to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain to a
The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in 2011 as
one of England’s hottest prospects after
graduating from Southampton’s prestigious
Recently, however, he has struggled to break
into the first-team with constant injuries
hurting his progress under Arsene Wenger.
Last season he featured at wing-back and in
central midfield for his side – a position where
sees himself in the long-term.
It is unclear where Oxlade-Chamberlain would
feature in Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side after
the Blues completed a £40m deal for
Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Conte could be looking for cover at wing-back
for Victor Moses after reportedly missing out
on Real Madrid’s Danilo to Manchester City.
The Ox has been capped 27 times by England
but will need to secure a regular position in
any side he decides to join this summer to
guarantee a place in the Three Lions World
Cup squad next summer.