Chelsea Trump Liverpool After Agreeing £35m Deal To Sign Arsenal Midfielder
Chelsea appear to have beaten-off competition from Liverpool after agreeing a £35m fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the final days of the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is heading to Chelsea…
Chelsea appear to have beaten-off competition from Liverpool after agreeing a £35m fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Telegraph.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer as he’s in the final year of his contract and the Gunners have failed to agree terms over an extension.
Arsene Wenger has stated several times in recent months that Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be allowed to leave even if he doesn’t sign a new deal as the club were willing to risk losing him for nothing next summer.
However, that stance changed after the player made it clear he wanted to leave during face-to-face talks with Wenger last week where he expressed his desire for a fresh start.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the midfielder this summer but the Blues emerged as favourites after the Mirror claimed that Arsenal would rather do business with their London rivals.
Jurgen Klopp had identified Oxlade-Chamberlain as a potential new addition and the player was understood to be open to the idea of moving to Anfield this summer.
However, it appears the England international is now heading to Stamford Bridge as the Telegraph are one of several media outlets claiming Chelsea have agreed a deal worth around £35m with Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is now expected to discuss personal terms and undergo his medical over the coming days and will be given permission by England boss Gareth Southgate to leave the England camp to wrap-up his move before Thursday night’s deadline.
Antonio Conte has been chasing the 24-year-old all summer and Oxlade-Chamberlain will provide stiff competition to Victor Moses in the right wing-back role and give the Blues another option in midfield once he completes his move.