Chelsea prepared to offer £180,000 a week to 24-year-old attacker, claims insider

Chelsea ready to match Arsenal's contract offer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to lure the midfielder to Stamford Bridge, according to Kaveh Solhekol

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Photo: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain/Instagram

Chelsea are prepared to match Arsenal’s offer of £180,000 a week for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to Kaveh Solhekol.

The Premier League champions are interested in signing the England international from their London rivals in the summer transfer window.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract after failing to agree terms with the Gunners about a new deal.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a potential move to Chelsea over the past month or so as Antonio Conte looks to add depth to his squad.

Liverpool have also been touted as a potential option for Oxlade-Chamberlain should the England star decide to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol revealed that Chelsea are willing to match Arsenal’s contract offer of £180,000 a week for the ex Southampton midfielder.

“Let’s stay at Chelsea. We know they are going to be signing more players in the next six days,” Solhekol told Sky Sports News on Friday.

“One of their main targets is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He has just one year left on his Arsenal deal and he held talks with the club about a new contract on Thursday.

“We’re told Arsenal have offered him a new deal worth up to £180,000 a week. Chelsea will have no problem at all matching those terms. Arsenal would lose him for nothing next summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.”

Chelsea have signed four players in the summer transfer window as Antonio Conte looks to prepare his squad for a return to the Champions League.

The defending champions were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend as Chelsea registered their first victory over the 2017-18 season.

Arsenal, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to Stoke City at The Britannia following 4-3 win against Leicester City.

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