Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejects new contract, and here's what the fans think

Lynette Rowe
August 30, 2017

Liverpool are looking to sign one of Monaco's Thomas Lemar or Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last 36 hours of the transfer market, with the French worldwide now their first preference.

Comparing the 24-year-old to another player Arsenal signed from Southampton, Theo Walcott, Pearce feels Oxlade-Chamberlain has enough time on his side to benefit from a move away from north London - something which Walcott can not do. The Guardian reports the two clubs agreeing a £35m fee for the England worldwide who is out of contract next summer.

Should the deal with Chelsea go through, it would be a short time until the English global would face his former club with the Arsenal/Chelsea fixture just a short three weeks away.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has a year left on his contract with Arsenal and has been keen to leave the Gunners before tomorrow's transfer deadline.

He has shown interest in Jurgen Klopp's side Liverpool and wants to reportedly move to the Anfield club, who are showing interest in the deal, which will be smaller than £40m Chelsea offered.

The deal is likely to be finalised in the next 24 hours with the club expecting more exits than arrivals prior to Thursday's transfer deadline.

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From the first minute of the match, Oxlade-Chamberlain looked complete uninterested in the game. The English midfielder was all set to join the Premier League champions after a £40 million fee was agreed with Arsenal.

However, that will now not be happening, as BBC Sport have reported that Conte's plan to use him at wing-back rather than his preferred position of central midfield was a key factor in his decision to ultimately reject the offer.

Antonio Conte has made the Arsenal midfielder one of his priorities as the transfer window nears its end.

Why? Because Oxlade-Chamberlain has not bought into Chelsea's proposal as the England worldwide no longer wants to be used in a wing-back slot.

The Ox has already rejected a new deal worth £180,000 a week at the Emirates and is now in the final year of his contract.

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