As the end of the transfer window edges ever closer, clubs are making their final attempts to add players to their ranks. Chelsea, who have signed Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, among others, have suffered a late blow to their plans, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected a move to the London club.
The Arsenal man is expected to leave the Gunners, with the Blues and Liverpool vying for his signature. The Englishman, who is valued at £40 million, wants to play in central midfield, as opposed to the right wing-back position Arsene Wenger is currently using him in.
Chelsea also wanted Oxlade-Chamberlain to improve their defensive options, but the England international has rejected their offer. Instead, the 24-year-old is waiting for Liverpool to make a bid for his services, according to BBC Sport.
The Reds’ offer will need to be around £40m as Arsenal are holding out for a large bid, which is surprising considering that Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the last year of his contract. The Englishman is set to be available for free next season, so the Gunners might be wise to let him leave before the end of the summer.
After the 24-year-old rejected Chelsea, a lot of reaction has been aired on social media. Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Fans of the Premier League Champions were happy that the Englishman had rejected the contract…
— Tom Cyrson (@Tom_Cyrson) August 30, 2017
So now oxlade chamberlain said he wants to goto liverpool not Chelsea and turns down the deal. No problem ???
— K H A L E D (@obiora_maxwell) August 30, 2017
Alex oxlade Chamberlain isnt good enough being the main ma central midfield for Any top UCL team
— SARRIBALL IS COMING TO TOWN (@CescMaestro04) August 30, 2017
Fuck oxlade chamberlain never wanted him at Chelsea time to hijack aurier's spurs move
— Tim Godfrey (@TimGodfrey15) August 30, 2017
But Arsenal supporters weren’t too keen in keeping Oxlade-Chamberlain either…
Oxlade-Chamberlain can fuck off
— Neutrino (@AkmalZurusdi) August 30, 2017
Ox rejects Chelsea for Liverpool. Liverpool haven't made a bid yet. Welcome to the bench Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
— Aditya (@OeziIIusion) August 30, 2017
Looking forward to Oxlade Chamberlain playing one game at CM and getting shafted to the bench where he belongs at Liverpool
— Magic Hat (@fortheArsenal) August 30, 2017
Yet, news the Arsenal man had rejected Chelsea in order to potentially sign for Liverpool gained a mixed reaction from the Reds fan base as well…
Keita signed now the potential of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Van Dijk and Lemar??? this could be one hell of a window
— Add (@AdamBallett) August 30, 2017
Oxlade chamberlain would be a boss signing, be great for us him am I the only one who thinks it
— Sam Hewitt (@SamHewittx) August 30, 2017
I'll be devastated if @LFC end up with oxlade chamberlain instead of lemar!! Be like losing Torres and getting Carroll all over again
— Michael Prescott (@MichaelPresco93) August 30, 2017
Oxlade Chamberlain in hindsight fits the system, pace, power versatility etc. Wouldn't mind him as long as it's not in expense of Lemar
— Stephen (@Stephen_LFC_) August 30, 2017
not a fan of signing oxlade chamberlain
— rennie (@kylerennie_) August 30, 2017
Oxlade chamberlain will be a squad player if we sign him! Not a definite starter
— Chris Haycock (@Chris__Haycock) August 30, 2017
I'd rather have Lemar, but I wouldn't be disapointed if we ended up getting Oxlade-Chamberlain. He could thrive under Klopp. #LFC
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) August 30, 2017