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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Has Rejected A Move To Chelsea

SUTTON, GREATER LONDON - FEBRUARY 20: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Sutton United and Arsenal on February 20, 2017 in Sutton, Greater London. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a cross-London move to Chelsea despite the two clubs agreeing a deal on Monday.

The England international was the subject of a £40m bid from the reigning Premier League champions this week, and once that offer had been accepted it seemed only a matter of time before the 24-year-old became Antonio Conte’s latest signing.

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.

While this would ordinarily be good news for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, it’s being reported that Oxlade-Chamberlain still wants to leave the Emirates before Thursday, to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and play in midfield at Anfield.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal are prepared to do business with Liverpool – earlier reports had suggested that the Gunners were reluctant to sell to a direct rival for a Champions League spot – but if that mindset has shifted then Liverpool are prepared to enter the market for a player that Klopp rates. The alternative for the player appears to be riding this year out and leaving on a free transfer next summer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It promises to be a manic last 48 hours of the transfer window as a number of deals come to a head, and all three of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea expected to be particularly busy.

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we speak to Longford boss Neale Fenn about his start to managerial life and look ahead to this weekend’s LOI fixtures and Ireland internationals.

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