Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down Chelsea
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected a £35 million move to Chelsea in the hope that Liverpool will come in for him. The 24-year-old’s future has been uncertain all summer with both clubs heading the queue to sign him. Chelsea were the first to bid but it is understood that the England international favours a move away from London. With less than 48 hours until the window closes it is a risky strategy to hold out for a different move.
Arsenal in for Evans
Arsenal are the latest side to join the courting of West Brom captain Jonny Evans. Leicester City and Manchester City have both had offers turned down for the Northern Irish international but Arsenal are hoping they can beat the rest to the signing of the experienced defender. Manchester City are expected to come back with an improved offer, however. The defender is currently on international duty and although may not be the signing fans want to see, he would certainly help bring some solidity to the back line.
Sanchez fee set at over £70 million
Arsenal have rejected an offer from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez and have set the fee at more than £70 million. The club is thought to favour a move which includes a swap for either Raheem Sterling or Sergio Aguero when the original enquiry was made. City, however, do not want to let the players leave and so must put up more cash if they are to get a deal agreed.
Gibbs in line to move to West Brom
Kieran Gibbs looks set to move to West Brom after completing a medical last night. The 27-year-old has been out of favour at Arsenal and is available at a cut price of £7 million. The club had already agreed a fee with the left back but talks broke down as they could not agree personal terms. West Brom are reportedly prepared to offer the player his requested wages and so it seems as though the deal will be announced soon.
Giroud on why he’s staying at Arsenal
Olivier Giroud has been the subject of a number of transfer rumours this summer with sides from the Premier League and abroad reported to have interest. The 30-year-old has insisted that he will remain at the club despite no longer being first choice. Used mainly as an impact sub last season he had the best minute per goal return of any player in the league. This season will likely be more of the same but the first choice France striker is happy where he is.
“I have decided to stay. It’s my choice, even if everyone does not understand it. I still want to win the Premier League here. I have always said that returning to France was not an option for me, even less so in the short-term future. So it was not something against Marseille, because the project is very ambitious and very interesting. It was not specifically about Marseille, because I also had Lyon. I am very flattered to have been chased by two great French clubs.”
Robbery at club shop
The police were called to the Arsenal club shop last night after thieves took off with thousands of pounds of merchandise. Around 11:30 pm the incident was reported as suspects fled the scene in a car and on mopeds. Pictures on social media showed the shutter doors broken and smashed glass surrounding the area. No arrests have yet been made.