Chelsea have made a new offer deemed to be in the region of £35M for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the Blues look to spend £100M+ on a trio of English stars as boss Antonio Conte continue to bolster his squad before the window shuts next week, as reported by the Telegraph.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to talk with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger today according to the Telegraph, with the Blues hoping the midfielder notifies the Frenchman about his desire to move to Stamford Bridge. As well as moving for Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Blues are also eyeing up Danny Drinkwater, who Leicester value at £40M, and Everton’s Ross Barkley, who is reported to be worth £25M to the Toffees, however London rivals Spurs seem to be leading the race for the Everton star.
In an ideal world, Chelsea would like to complete deals for all three England internationals before the window closes next week, with the west London club unwilling to give up on Juventus star Alex Sandro despite the Serie A champions’ unwillingness to sell the defender, report the Telegraph.
Oxlade-Chamberlain only has 12 months left on his current deal at the Emirates, with the player already informing Wenger that he will not be signing a new deal at the Emirates, write the Telegraph. With Conte now pushing the Blues board to up their pursuit of the 24-year-old, it is unlikely that the star will change his mind even if Arsenal offer the midfielder a deal worth more than £100,000-a-week.
Should Chelsea wait and manage to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free next summer, it’ll be a signing that will be viewed as a massive bargain by football fans alike, and one that’ll seriously boost the quality in Antonio Conte’s squad.