Premier League holders Chelsea are reportedly growing confident of signing Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer. The England international has turned down the chance to extend his Gunners deal beyond June 2018.
According to The London Evening Standard, the Blues are prepared to lodge a £35m attempt for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is being seen as the perfect fit for the right wing-back role.
The 23-year-old is said to want assurances of first-team football to progress further in his professional career, and he does seem to have it under Arsene Wenger.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started in the wing-back position ever since the Gunner’s switch to the 3-4-2-1 setup, but the return of key defenders including Laurent Koscielny could see him drop to the bench.
Sead Kolasinac has done his reputation no harm with his recent performances for Arsenal, and he is the leading candidate to take over the left wing-back role from the Ox once the club are back to full strength.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal are yet to accept on a transfer fee, but according to Evening Standard, the Premier League holders are increasingly confident of sealing a £35m deal for the versatile ace.
Wenger has already dismissed suggestions that the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud could leave the club, but he has yet to come up with a similar conclusion on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is also comfortable playing in the central midfield and wider positions, and he could potentially act as a suitable competitor in the centre of the park, where they presently lack numbers.