Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly turned down a £40m Chelsea move despite both clubs having come to an agreement for a transfer fee.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, desires a move to another Premier League rival of Arsenal in Liverpool instead, as he believes the Blues plans to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.
While the Reds are expected to submit a bid for the England international before the transfer deadline closes at the end of the month, the fee they will offer could be significantly less than the price Chelsea had agreed to pay.
Additionally, if there are no further efforts by other clubs to whisk him from Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract before potentially leaving on a free transfer next summer, which in turn would force the Gunners to be on the lookout for a deal that can be completed as soon as possible.
An England international, Oxlade-Chamberlain has made clear towards the end of last week that his preference was to seek a new challenge having apparently grown frustrated at the role he was being asked to play in the team.
In addition to making starting appearances for Arsenal since the start of the season, he was also selected for the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool on Sunday and will depart despite Arsene Wenger having suggested this summer that the 24-year-old would “100%” stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Nonetheless, Wenger’s hand appears to have been forced in the period since the club’s hierarchy not prepared to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez under freedom of contract next summer.