Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


Chelsea are set to add England and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to their ranks after agreeing an undisclosed fee, reports the BBC.

The 24-year-old is currently in the last year of his contract with Arsenal and has refused to sign a new deal.

Antonio Conte will use the versatility of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get the most out of him; he can play on the wings, in central midfield and at left or right wing-back, which makes him an invaluable asset when considering that Conte will need to freshen up his team to deal with the demands of Champions League football.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has covered numerous roles in his 198 appearances for The Gunners, most recently at wing-back but also in central midfield and on the flank, scoring 20 times.

He joined the club from Southampton in 2011 having barely played one full season at senior level, which was in League One with The Saints, and has since won three FA Cups and earned 27 caps for the England national team.

Chelsea need reinforcements after the sales of John Terry, Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma (loan) and Nemanja Matic, while Diego Costa’s exit is all-but-confirmed.

The Blues are also thought to be interested in bringing in Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater in an effort to further boost their midfield ranks.



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