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Chelsea are interested in signing Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, according to Sky sports.
Chamberlain’s contract expires at the end of next season and despite entering extensive talks with the club last month, he is not even close to signing an extension.
Arsenal offered the midfielder fresh terms last week but he turned it down, stating his intentions to leave this summer.
Chelsea who have been monitoring Chamberlain’s situation since last season has been alerted by the latest development and are now plotting an official approach for the midfielder.
Conte has sounded out the versatile midfielder as an important target but Arsenal don’t have any intention selling to a rival. However, they are expected test Arsenal’s resolve by opening talks in the next 48 hours.
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.
Liverpool are also interested in the winger but have had an approach turned down, with Wenger insisting he wouldn’t be sold to a domestic rival.
It remains to be seen whether we’ll now sanction a move to Chelsea or not. Should Wenger decide against selling Chamberlain, we run the risk of losing him for free next summer which wouldn’t be too good for the club’s finances.
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