Ahead of today’s pre-season friendly with Chelsea in China, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being linked with a move to the West London club after telling Arsenal he has no intention of signing the contract currently on offer to him.
It’s not the first time that such information has been leaked to the media. Back in March, the Telegraph reported that, “Sources close to the 23-year-old have suggested he needs a fresh challenge with Arsenal yet to offer him a new deal.
“It now appears that there is little chance that Oxlade-Chamberlain will sign a new contract even if one is offered to him because the club have left it so late and he craves more regular first-team football.”
Of course we all understand ‘sources’ = agent, and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s agent, Aidy Ward, is a notoriously difficult person to deal with. He was the man who engineered Raheem Sterling’s move from Liverpool to Man City, and by all account he’s been putting pressure on the Arsenal man to reject new terms despite the player being relatively happy at the club.
The other thing to bear in mind is that this story is being put out there by Sky Sports who, this summer, have been about as reliable as a 1973 Skoda.
Nevertheless, it puts more pressure on Arsenal ahead of the new season as they look to deal with a litany of contractual issues and players that they wish to move on.
Old fashioned poo-o-meter on this one as our interactive one is in the workshop.