Club Return With Higher Bid for Star Winger – Not Lemar or Mahrez 

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Chelsea have stepped up its interest in Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, according reports

Chamberlain whose contract expires at the end of next season, is yet to agree a new deal with the club and this has prompted reports linking him with an exit.

Arsenal offered the midfielder fresh terms last month but he turned it down, stating his intentions to leave this summer. However, the Gunners do not want to sell and have already warned the player he would be made to run down his contract.

 Chelsea are in the market for reinforcements and are looking to take advantage of Chamberlain’s situation at Arsenal.

Conte has sounded out the versatile midfielder as an important target and according to a report in the Daily Cannon, Chelsea have already had a £25m bid for the winger which was turned down.

The West London club are now considering an improved £35m to convince Arsenal to sell the England international.

Chamberlain wants to play in a centre midfield position and that is one of the demands he has put up to Arsenal. However, Wenger doesn’t have a place for the England international in centre midfield and that is pushing him towards an exit.

I don’t see him starting in midfield at Chelsea either, so I think he would be better of staying at the Emirates rather than moving to Stamford Bridge and then begin to fight for relevance.

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