According to the Mirror, Arsenal are prepared to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a Premier League rival after the player reportedly turned down a £180,000 a week contract offer to stay at the Emirates.
Yesterday, Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis sat down with the England international and his representatives in the hope of thrashing out a deal, however, with no progress made it looks as though the 24-year-old, who is inside the final year of his contract, will be sold before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
Liverpool and Chelsea have been mooted as the player’s two most likely destinations. The Gunners are hoping a bidding war between the clubs will see their £35 million asking price met.
Chamberlain moved to Arsenal from Southampton in 2011 for a fee of £15 million, he’s since made 197 appearances. He has started this season as he finished the last, operating as a wing-back, but has made it clear he’d prefer to play his football in midfield.
We now wait for Sunday’s team sheet for the match with Liverpool, should the Ox not be included it may be the first definitive clue that he’s on his way out of the club.