It had proved to be a relatively slow summer for the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern, though the recent additions of Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata have excited them.
Though they were certainly made to wait, the Blues propping up the bar have been delighted to see Antonio Conte strengthen his squad at long last and reports from the Daily Express have proved rather interesting indeed.
They claim the Premier League champions are seriously interested in prizing England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain away from London rivals Arsenal, with a bid expected imminently. Indeed, according to the report, the offer could come within the next 48 hours or so.
Manchester City and Liverpool are two other parties said to be keen on the former Southampton youngster, who is entering the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium. Despite reportedly being offered £100k-p/w by the Gunners, the 23-year-old is believed to want assurances over first-team football before deciding his future.
Whether or not he’d instantly command that at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, though the Chelsea-mad punters in the Tavern believe he’d be an excellent addition over the course of the summer.
With a much busier schedule next term, the idea of seeing ‘The Ox’ don the famous blue kit next term certainly has gone down well.