Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected the chance to win some trophies with Chelsea — the chance to “do a Gary Cahill”, promised a Chelsea-sourced story in the Telegraph last night — and is instead holding out for a move to Liverpool. Earlier reports claimed this might happen, but we laughed it off because we figured the Ox was not that silly. It turns out that he is.
Some of this might have to do with Liverpool’s supposed promise that Oxlade-Chamberlain would be more likely to be used in midfield rather than as wing-back, which apparently he does not prefer as much. Chelsea are quite clearly in need of able bodies on either wing and we had been hoping that Chamberlain could provide backup duties for both Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso (and the occasional center midfield appearance, too, though with Drinkwater incoming, that would not have happened too often).
As the BBC’s David Ornstein confirms, Chelsea and Arsenal did agree a fee upwards of £40m, but the 24-year-old has now thrown a spanner in those works since Liverpool, who have yet to actually bid, are not expected to match that offer.
So in the end, Oxlade-Chamberlain might just stay with Arsenal. LOL.