Chelsea closing in on huge deal for Arsenal contract rebel

Lawrence Cooper
August 28, 2017

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been flirting with leaving Arsenal all window and after turning down a new £180k a week contract, his exits looms.

The England worldwide is reported to have knocked back the Gunners' latest offer of fresh terms, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018.

When asked if a strong English presence is important to him at Chelsea, he replied: 'To have a core of English players, is important.

Interestingly enough, Arsenal travel to Anfield this weekend to take on Liverpool where it will be worth paying attention to see whether the French manager selects Oxlade-Chamberlain.

As clubs tend to do in these sorts of situations, Arsenal has undoubtedly made sure to publicize that rejection, which combined with Wenger's comments about loyalties and whatnot paints Oxlade-Chamberlain as the villain of the piece.

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Tammy Abraham , on loan from Chelsea, opened his account for the Swans to give the away side breathing space at the break. Boos rang around the stadium which could be a sign of things to come just three games into the new season.

However, the player has decided not to pay heed to the "sweet talks" and has decided that he wants to leave.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are also entering the final years of their contracts but Wenger said last week of the trio: "We always hope, even now, that we can extend the contracts of [Alexis] Sanchez, Chamberlain and [Mesut] Ozil".

The Daily Telegraph, however, claim the Blues are growing increasingly optimistic that they will sign Oxlade-Chamberlain before the transfer window shuts.

Despite his versatility - "the Ox" can play as a wing-back, a winger or a central midfielder - plus his Premier League experience, they firmly believe it would be "ridiculous" for Conte's men to cough up such an amount.

Champions Chelsea are willing to meet Arsenal's asking price for a player who has turned down a £180,000-a-week contract offer in the past few days.

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