Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea after both clubs agreed a £40m fee for the player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected the Blues as they plan to use him as a wing-back and backup to Victor Moses in the Chelsea first eleven. The midfielder prefers to play in a central midfield role which he has not been given an opportunity to do at current club Arsenal.
The 24-year-old England international wants to move to Liverpool and the Anfield club are interested in a deal.
Liverpool have followed up this morning by bidding £30m for the player, which has already been rejected by the Gunners, as the bid falls short of the £40m offered by Chelsea.
Should a move away from Arsenal not transpire, then the player will see out the final year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer next summer.
The Gunners would like any deal for the midfielder completed as soon as possible, so they can bring in a replacement with the funds raised from his sale before Thursdays transfer deadline.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started every game for Arsenal so far this season, including Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, when he was substituted in the second half.
Since joining the Gunners in August 2011 as a teenager, he has made 198 appearances for the club winning 2 FA Cup medals along the way.
The Gunners are facing a tough last few days of the transfer window after Man City submitted a £50m bid for Alexis Sanchez last night, which was rejected. We expect City to come back in with an improved bid before tomorrows transfer deadline.
Sanchez like Oxlade-Chamberlain only has 1-year left on his contract. Both players have expressed a desire to leave, which is a massive blow for Arsene Wenger who would like to keep both players at the club.