LEAVING: Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the verge of joining rivals Chelsea after both clubs agreed an initial fee of around £35m.

The 24-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal from Southampton in August 2011 and has made 198 appearances and won two FA cups at the club in the 6-year spell.

Chamberlain will become Chelsea’s third signing of the summer as the Premier League champions continue to push for a possible move for Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater.

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The England international is currently with the national team and a medical could be carried out at England’s training centre before the deadline day on Thursday.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte hopes Chamberlain will challenge Victor Moses at right wing-back and bolster his midfield options for the defence of their Premier League title and with a Champions League campaign ahead.

Liverpool were also interested but relations between Arsenal and the Merseyside club have been tense since Wenger attempted to prize away Luis Suárez four years ago.

Like Oxlade-Chamberlain, forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil are also out of contract next summer.


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