Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected a move to Chelsea according to BBC Journalist, David Ornstein. The English midfielder was all set to join the Premier League champions after a £40 million fee was agreed with Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.
The 24-year-old England international wants to move to Liverpool and the Anfield club are interested in a deal.
A bid is expected before Thursday’s transfer deadline, although it will be short of the £40m Chelsea offered.
Should a move not transpire, Oxlade-Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract before potentially leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Liverpool’s offer for Chamberlain is said to be lower than Chelsea’s and Gunners are not willing to sell for that fee. The Reds have just signed Naby Keita but he’ll only feature for them from next season.
Arsenal want any deal for the former Southampton midfielder completed as quickly as possible.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started every game for the Gunners so far this season, including Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, when he was substituted.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and is not interested in signing a new one at the club. He has rejected two new contract offers from them, reportedly worth £125,000 per week and £180,000 per week.
He said that he wanted to win trophies and move to a club that is challenging for the title every season. Chelsea and Liverpool were the only clubs interested in him and were in talks with Arsenal.
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 29, 2017
The next 48 hours are going to be the most crucial period in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career. If Liverpool and Arsenal don’t agree a fee, he’s back to square one.
He will have to sign a new contract in order to play regularly at Arsenal and that is something he does not want to do. Even if he moves to Liverpool, his chances of playing will be very less as they already have Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jorman Henderson, Marko Grujić and even Philippe Coutinho (if he stays) to play as central midfielders.