Sky Sports reports:
Chelsea and Liverpool look set to battle it out to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he turned down a new £180K a week deal at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger held talks with the England midfielder yesterday in a final attempt to persuade him to stay at the Emirates.
SSN understands Wenger will tell the player and his representatives in the next 24 hours whether he will allow him to leave before the window closes next week – or let him see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, capped 27 times by England, sees his future elsewhere, with Chelsea and Liverpool understood to be waiting in the wings, ready to tempt Arsenal with an offer well beyond the £30m offered by Chelsea earlier this month.
The player, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2011, is known to be unhappy playing as a wing back, preferring a central of a wide midfield role.
It is sad, but then, I comfort myself in the fact that, players move on.