Chelsea Eyeing Surprise Swoop For Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea Eyeing Surprise Swoop For Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Jul 21, 2017

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In a spectacular move, Sky Sports and other media outlets are revealing that Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be set to join Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, with the Premier League champions set to begin negotiations for the player.

Having found himself more consistently in the team at the back end of last season, being deployed as a right-wing back, Chamberlain finally found himself a role within the team and had verbally agreed to sign a new, £100,000 a week contract with the North London side.

With just one year left on his £70,000 contract, Wenger was keen to tie up the 23-year-old’s future at the club but it now seems that Chelsea are keen on the player, with Liverpool still monitoring the situation. Victor Moses was Conte’s first choice right-wing back last season but after selling Branislav Ivanović in January and Ola Aina joining Hull on a season-long loan, a new right-wing back is needed to add competition in that position.

After Wenger moved Chamberlain into a deeper role, the England international sparked his career back into life, with his ability highlighted by his contribution to Monreal’s equaliser against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final last season, with a delightful cross being whipped into the box, which the Spanish left-back took well to slot past Bravo.

With Conte wanting to improve on Victor Moses, Chamberlain offers Conte an upgrade on the Nigerian and with only £100,000-a-week on the table by the Gunners, Chelsea can easily offer higher wages than what Arsenal will. Wenger has set a £30 million price tag on the ex-Southampton player but with one year left on his contract, Chelsea may be able to offer lower than that with Wenger perhaps being tempted to cash in on the player, rather than losing him for free.

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