Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected a move to Chelsea, despite Arsenal agreeing a fee with the current Premier League champions believed to be in the region of £40m.
Antonio Conte was keen to add the England international to his squad, and with a wage packet of £220,000 per week on offer, the 24 year old was set to substantially increase his pay.
However, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein, the Ox has rejected the move on the basis that he feels he will be played at right wing-back at Stamford Bridge, and that playing elsewhere is the key factor behind his desire to move.
He wants to establish himself as a central midfielder, and has turned down the Chelsea move because he wants to join Liverpool who must have offered that chance. The reds bid is reportedly lower, and it remains to be seen how much they want him.
With just two days left of the transfer window they could play hard-ball with Arsenal, knowing they could take him on a free next summer if they decide to wait, and there is the possibility that he could remain at the Emirates for the season ahead.
To be fair to Oxlade-Chamberlain, if the motivation for his move about where he wants to play then at least he’s stuck to that and not compromised for the money on offer from Chelsea.
The big issue is why Arsenal haven’t been more decisive with his situation, among others, and it seems there’s a lot to do between now and the close of the window tomorrow night.