Chelsea look to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Antonio Conte

This is according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the the Gunners had rejected Chelsea's initial advances for the England global.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger doesn't want to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain to a big domestic rival.

Although the report says Arsenal have rebuffed Chelsea's initial overtures they now have a bid to consider and it is unclear whether they will decide to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain or not.

Arsenal have tried to tie Oxlade-Chamberlain down to a new contract, but so far, the player's representative has rejected all the offers.

Having seen a £25 million offer turned down by Arsenal, Chelsea have come in with a £35 million bid, according to the Daily Star and the Daily Mirror.

Ther versatile Oxlade-Chamberlain has excelled in a wing back role of late for Arsenal and would fit in perfectly to Conte's 3-4-3 system.

The blues manager Antonio Conte, who earlier this week was reassured that at least three more new players would arrive at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes, is understood to be desperate to signthe Arsenal midfielder.

Liverpool and Chelsea have both shown an interest in the player this summer.

"Yes [he is part of my plans], I think in his career he had some bad moments because he had some small injuries", Wenger said on Wednesday. "He's had some small injuries but a year ago he was much more stable".

'Personally, I think he is a hugely talented player.

"He'll continue to move up because the potential is there". Today he is conscious of his qualities.

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