Arsenal Open Talks With Chelsea Over Ox/Matic Swap Deal
Arsenal have opened talks with Chelsea over a potential straight swap deal involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nemanja Matic
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are in talks over a stunning swap deal…
Arsenal have opened talks with Chelsea over a potential straight swap deal involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nemanja Matic, according to a report in the Express.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has just one year remaining on his current contract and Arsenal have so far been unable to find an agreement over an extension despite holding lengthy talks with his agent.
The Gunners are keen for the 23-year-old to stay but speculation suggests The Ox is ready for a new challenge and it seems Arsene Wenger is now trying to use him as bait to get his hands on Matic.
The Express are citing a report from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio who claims that Arsenal have now made contact with Chelsea to propose a straight swap involving Matic and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Blues have been linked with the former Southampton midfielder this summer and Antonio Conte is on the look-out for a versatile player who can compete with Victor Moses in the right wing-back role.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been mainly used as a winger at Arsenal and has also been deployed in a central midfield role but he really impressed in the wing-back position when Wenger switched to a 3-4-2-1 formation during the second half of last season.
Therefore, Chelsea are likely to be tempted by the opportunity to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer but it remains to be seen whether they’d be prepared to let Matic join their London rivals.
The Serbian international’s future at Stamford Bridge is in serious doubt and he’s been tipped to push for a move after Chelsea agreed a deal to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Matic has been strongly linked with a move to the likes of Man Utd, Juventus and Inter Milan in recent weeks but it seems the 28-year-old could now have the chance to stay in London and join Arsenal if Chelsea are willing to discuss this swap deal.
It sounds like a deal that could suit all parties involved but swap deals like this very rarely happen due to the complexities involved so I’d personally be surprised if anything came of these reports.
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