Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down Chelsea move

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.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has only 1-year left on his Arsenal contract

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.