According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down the Gunners latest offer of a new deal. The England international’s contract now has less than a year left to run on it and Liverpool are odds of 2/ 1 to sign the midfielder before the summer transfer window closes.
The midfielder reportedly has turned down two offers over £125,000 per-week to stay in north London. The Gunners are expected to offer him an improved deal this week. However, according to the Mirror report, he has told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he will not sign a new deal with the Gunners.
Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed the best campaign of his Arsenal career last season. He was in the Gunners starting line-up at the end of last season and started this season in the Gunners starting line-up.
However, he had struggled to sustain a regular position in the starting line-up in the past. It seems the versatile former Southampton star sees his future elsewhere.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in-demand, with not only Liverpool reportedly interested in signing him, but also Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated he is not for sale this summer.
However, if the player keeps refusing to sign a new deal at the club, Wenger’s stance may change. Chelsea are reportedly confident of brokering a deal for the midfielder in the region of £35million before the summer transfer window shuts.
Despite Chelsea’s interest, Liverpool are reportedly in the driving seat to sign the former Southampton star this summer. Whether he would be see much first-team football at Anfield is questionable considering Liverpool have so many attacking midfielders.
The Reds now look set to hang on to Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho, who was heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp.
A major gamble
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is gambling majorly with the clubs finances by keeping Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain. German playmaker Mesut Ozil also has less than a year left on his contract. However, he seems more open to signing a deal in north London.
Selling Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez could net the club over £100million. While the transfer market is crazy at the moment, that amount of money could still be used to strengthen the Gunners squad with players that actually wanted to play for the team.
If the Gunners do indeed clinch a place in the Champions League this season, then the gamble will have paid off to a certain extent. If not, then the club have just lost a whole lot of money.
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