Chelsea Put Ox In Front Of Shopping Cart

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Chelsea are set to appease Antonio Conte’s fury by landing Arsenal and England midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24.

Having made it clear that he is more concerned about guarantees of playing time and a career in his preferred central midfield role. However, Arsène Wenger continues to use the former Southampton prodigy on either flank, with injuries and suspensions forcing him into the left wing-back role.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Evening Standard, is highly-prized by the Chelsea hierarchy, who believe a £35m fee will persuade Arsenal to sell a player many supporters believe is the future of the club.

The midfielder is one of a clutch of players at the Emirates whose contract expires next summer. Unlike Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, there is a growing feeling that Arsenal will not let Oxlade-Chamberlain leave on a free transfer next summer but instead, seek to capitalise not just on an inflated market but also Chelsea’s desperation to strengthen their squad.

It’s unlikely that a move to Stamford Bridge would bring with it any guarantees about playing time. At any other club, a fee of £35m is a big spend; Chelsea aren’t inclined to think that way about players and Oxlade-Chamberlain would be in a battle for a starting place.

Liverpool are also believed to be interested in the midfielder and likely to step up their efforts to sign him if Philippe Coutinho, 25, completes his move to Barcelona this transfer window.