Chelsea have made a sensational £25 million bid for Arsenal man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports that the Blues have made the approach as they seek to bring the England international to Stamford Bridge, with less than a year left on his current contract.
Arsenal have insisted that they will not sell their versatile asset despite his contract situation and he started at left wing-back against Antonio Conte’s side in the Community Shield clash between the two sides on Sunday. It may now take some of Chelsea’s best negotiating skills to try to complete a deal.
Another target could be Valencia right sided player Joao Cancelo. Sky Sports indicate that the Premier League champions are interested in completing a deal for the Portugal international this summer as they look to strengthen their squad in the wing-back positions.
Cancelo is in demand and it is clear to see why. Since joining from Benfica, he has played in every possible position on the right flank from his usual right-back berth to as far forward as a right sided winger. That flexibility may also appeal, as is the case with Oxlade-Chamberlain who can play as a winger, wing-back or central midfielder.
What is clear is that Chelsea are looking to push on with their transfer business. That is coming at the right time soon as captain Gary Cahill appeared to criticise club bosses as he told TalkSPORT:
“Maybe I’m talking out of turn, I would have thought so [that more signings will be made] but there is no getting away from the fact that if you look at the back of the programme from the weekend (the squad is small). In terms of quality, we certainly have the quality, you saw that last season, but again there’s no way of getting around it that we have to keep players fit because at the minute the squad is not as big as other squads.”
Cahill clearly feels that more depth is needed if the Blues are to be contenders, with a huge reliance on avoiding injury if that is not the case. Additions may be imminent with the manager and now the captain having effectively demanded signings.