Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea lose: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain prefers Liverpool

Chelsea 0 – Liverpool 1

Does Antonio Conte have to go back to the drawing board?

With less than forty-eight hours remaining in the summer transfer market, news has broken that Chelsea have failed in their attempts to sign Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

On Monday, news broke that Chelsea had made significant moves to sign the Ox.

That news came a day after Oxlade-Chamberlain looked wholly out of sorts on Sunday at Anfield, as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-0.

From the first minute of the match, Oxlade-Chamberlain looked complete uninterested in the game.

Chelsea & the Ox

The big news on Monday was that Chelsea had agreed a fee with Premier League rivals Arsenal for winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The value of the agreed fee between the sides was rumoured to be in the region of £35 million.

And it’s easy to understand why Antonio Conte would want to sign the Ox.

Having shown his versatility at Arsenal, the 24-year-old would offer Chelsea cover in the wing-back slots as well as in central midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

But, on Wednesday morning, the likes of the BBC’s David Ornstein are reporting that the Ox is likelier to head to Liverpool instead.

Why? Because Oxlade-Chamberlain has not bought into Chelsea’s proposal as the England international no longer wants to be used in a wing-back slot.

The Times assess whether the Ox will complete a move to Anfield. Readers are told:

Everything now depends on whether Arsenal are willing to take Liverpool’s money before tomorrow’s transfer deadline, although Oxlade-Chamberlain also has the option of staying at the Emirates and seeing out the final year of his contract.

Should Liverpool land the Ox, will the Reds still pursue Monaco’s Thomas Lemar?

That’s up in the air, as the French winger is another target for the Reds in the final days of the summer window.

Do all these late moves in the summer window suggest Philippe Coutinho is off to Barcelona?

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