According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are ‘in negotiations’ with Arsenal over the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 23 year old has turned down a number of contract offers from the club, and with less than 12 months left on his current deal the situation is pressing – particularly as others like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in the same position.
Oxlade-Chamberlain harbours ambitions of playing as a central midfielder, and it’s this rather than any financial motivation which has seen him thus far refuse to commit his future to Arsenal.
However, Arsene Wenger appears reluctant to ever play him in this position, and as it stands he’s in the team at left wing-back, a position which really doesn’t seem to suit him very well.
The report suggests a fee of around £35m could be enough to tempt Wenger to let the Ox go as Chelsea look to add depth to their squad.
It’s certainly an interesting one. Would you sell him? £35m for a player who still hasn’t nailed down a position and is in the final year of his contract has got to be tempting.