Chelsea Enter Race to Sign Arsenal Midfielder; Not Sánchez
Premier League champions Chelsea are set to enter the race to sign midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from rivals Arsenal, according to reports today.
Arsenal are yet to tie the England international down to a new contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has previously been linked with a move to both Manchester City and Liverpool this summer, and now the Mirror are reporting that Chelsea are set to enter the race.
The Gunners’ failure to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League is said to be a key reason, whilst the 23-year-old has never been a regular first-team player at the Emirates.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton as an 18-year-old for an initial £12 million, becoming part of the first-team squad immediately.
He made 16 Premier League starts this past season – one short of his personal best at the Gunners. He netted twice and recorded an impressive seven assists in 29 top flight appearances in all.
Arsenal have held talks with the player over a new contract but it is understood that no formal offer has been made.
Oxlade-Chamberlain finished the season as a right wingback for Arsenal, a position currently occupied by Victor Moses at Chelsea, and with little competition to the Nigerian international.
Te 27-time England international could certainly add depth to the Chelsea team down the right-hand side, capable of also playing in the front three where Willian and Pedro split time in 2016-17.
You would expect Arsenal to do their best to keep the player but with little more than 12 months left on his contract the power is currently in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hands. Whilst the Gunners would unlikely want to sell to their London rivals they may have no choice if they want to receive any transfer fee for the player.
The North London club are also in danger of losing Alexis Sánchez this summer with Chelsea also one of the teams believed to be interested in the Chilean superstar.