Encouraging news from the Evening Standard’s James Olley this morning, as Chelsea have apparently “received sufficient encouragement to believe a transfer is possible” even though we’re talking about two London rivals making a deal.
The report points out that while Arsene Wenger has been adamant about not selling Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, he’s made nowhere near the same reassurances about Oxlade-Chamberlain, who also only has one year left on his contract and has rejected Arsenal’s latest contract offer. Though, presumably, the actual encouragement that Chelsea have received is a bit more solid than that.
With Arsenal facing the exact opposite conundrum that Chelsea are, namely that they have too many players in the squad, they are looking to sell a few. The Ox, still just 23 and versatile enough to fill in at both wing-back and central midfield, is not an immediately obvious candidate for a ticket out of the Emirates, but Chelsea’s £35m could punch one for him anyway.
Chelsea are in increasingly desperate need of a few signings, and we could certainly do worse than the homegrown Oxlade-Chamberlain. Let’s get this done, shall we?