Liverpool have made a huge push to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from under Chelsea's noses.
Mirror Sport understands that Liverpool are rivalling Chelsea to get Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Arsenal midfielder turned down a new contract offer worth £180,000-a-week.
Arsenal are now set to sell before Thursday's transfer deadline if a club bids over £35million rather than lose him for nothing next year.
It means with the ongoing transfer tug-of-war that Arsenal are likely to pull Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the starting XI to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Chelsea had appeared to be in pole position and have already had a bid turned down but were confident of landing him for £35m.
But Liverpool are now firmly in the frame although Arsenal do have history with them from the fall out over the botched Luis Suarez transfer in 2013.
It might be a more complicated deal as Arsenal have good relations with Chelsea but Oxlade-Chamberlain's team mates think he is more likely to go to Liverpool.
Wenger has insisted publicly that he does not want to sell but Oxlade-Chamberlain has told him face-to-face that he believes a move would be best for his career and development.
It now looks as if Oxlade-Chamberlain will now be sold rather than let him run down his contract, although Arsenal have yet to receive a bid which comes close to tempting them to sell.
Source: Daily Mirror
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