According to The Telegraph, Arsenal have made Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain an offer of £180,000 to sign a new deal at the club.
This astonishing offer would, if he accepted it, make him the highest paid player at the club, eclipsing the £140,000 per week earned by Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Nevertheless, the report suggests Arsenal fear he will turn it down, and that Chelsea are growing confident they can bring the England international to Stamford Bridge in a £35m deal before the end of the transfer window.
Earlier, Arsene Wenger rather publicly reminded Oxlade-Chamberlain how much the club had invested in him, saying, “We invested a lot of time and confidence and money in players like Alex Chamberlain who we bought at a young age.
“For me, they have a responsibility for the future of this club. Alex Chamberlain will be one of the big English players in the coming years and I personally am highly determined to keep him here at the club.
“I hope he will commit.”
Of course in this day and age those kind of tactics rarely work, and if the Ox turns down £180,000 per week he’s mad. Almost as mad as Arsenal for offering it, but there you go, he’ll probably get that and more if the Chelsea thing is real.
Let’s just hope we have a recall clause in the Carl Jenkinson deal.
Premier League: 9 goals, 14 assists
League Cup: 5 goals, 1 assist
FA Cup: 1 goal, 7 assists
Champions League: 4 goals, 4 assists
Community Shield: 1 goal