Chelsea Offer £25 Million For Arsenal Midfielder

  • Chelsea Offer £25 Million For Arsenal Midfielder

Chelsea Offer £25 Million For Arsenal Midfielder

As had been reported earlier by The Telegraph, progress between Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arsenal over a new contract has suddenly faltered after the England winger became frustrated that he has still not been offered a new deal.

Sportsmail understands Chelsea have stepped up their interest in the England global over the past week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, is into the final year of his contract, leaving the player in a really good bargaining position.

And the ex-Wimbledon defender suggested that Manchester United should put together a lucrative offer to bring Oxlade-Chamberlain to Old Trafford from Arsenal to replace Herrera.

In addition to this is the fact that the 23-year-old has seen game time in the wing back position, which makes him a flawless fit for Conte's charges, who employed a back three liberally last season.

The Mail claim that while Arsenal have rebuffed "initial overtures", Chelsea are set to "intensify" efforts.

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton back in 2011 for a fee of £12m, since making 184 appearances for the Gunners.

Conte may well see him as a right wing-back primarily (is that even Oxlade-Chamberlain's best position?) but you can be sure if there are injuries out wide or in central midfield Oxlade-Chamberlain will be asked to fill in.

Liverpool are reportedly more open to that idea, but have not quite shown as much of an interest. "He's had some small injuries but a year ago he was much more stable".

"He is today very conscious of his qualities as well, which he was not always, and I personally believe he will be a very great player".

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a potential move to Chelsea and Liverpool in a £25m move but a transfer deal has failed to materlialise so far.