Chelsea To Begin Negotiations With Arsenal Midfielder Next Week


Chelsea will open talks with Arsenal next week

regarding a deal to bring Alex Oxlade-

Chamberlain to Stamford Bridge, according to

Metro.

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

Emirates.

Despite his contract running down, Arsenal were

reportedly holding out for around £25m-30m for

the midfielder which led both clubs to pursue

other targets.

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

domestic rival.

The 23-year-old joined the Gunners in 2011 as

one of England’s hottest prospects after

graduating from Southampton’s prestigious

youth academy.

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.

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