Chelsea agree £35 million deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Solenn Plantier
Août 30, 2017

Chelsea are gearing up to sign Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal after the two clubs reportedly agreed a fee of £35million over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Chelsea saw the Arsenal man as flawless to compete with Victor Moses on the right-side of their attack/defence, but the 24-year-old is not keen.

Sky reported last week that Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a raise from Arsenal that would have paid him £180,000 per week.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

This will leave Arsenal in a hard position because the midfielder has now entered the final year of his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and therefore they risk losing the Englishman for free in less than 12 months time.

Liverpool are pursuing a deal for Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Phil McNulty from the BBC saying that the Reds have opened talks with the Gunners over the signing of the 24-year old.

This comes as widespread reports claimed early on Wednesday afternoon that Liverpool are firmly in pole position to sign the England worldwide by Thursday night's deadline.

The 24-year-old has a year left on his current contract, and despite the club's stance on not willing to sell, his refusal to put pen to paper has made them given up.

Personal terms are unlikely to prove an issue, with Antonio Conte hoping a versatile player will challenge Victor Moses at right wing-back and bolster his midfield options with a Champions League campaign ahead.

The fee for the midfielder, who has three England caps, is likely to top £30 million.

The Italian coach wants to bring in competition for Victor Moses in the right wing-back position and has identified the versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain as the ideal candidate to challenge the Nigerian for a place in the starting XI.

Neither of the pair have lived up to what was expected of them since signing for the Gunners, but Oxlade-Chamberlain may still be able to achieve something of note rather than following Walcott's path of mediocrity.

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