Liverpool were firm favourites to nab Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signature following Sunday’s humiliation of Arsenal, but now the odds have drifted significantly.
The England international’s future at the Emirates looks bleak as he is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract.
The 24-year-old, who has started all three of Arsenal’s Premier League matches this season, has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.
Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked with late swoops for Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the London Evening Standard claiming that the Blues are prepared to pay £35m for his signature.
The Englishman played 62 minutes of Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to the Reds, and shortly after the game at Anfield, the player’s odds of signing for Liverpool slashed.
Sky Bet offered 5/6 on Oxlade-Chamberlain moving to Merseyside before Thursday’s deadline, but today, the odds have drifted to 15/8, with Chelsea now leading the race at 8/13.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters after Sunday’s match that he could not say for certain whether or not the attack-minded player will be at the club next week.
If Oxlade-Chamberlain does leave the North London outfit, then according to the bookies’, Chelsea are likely to be the ones unveiling him as a new signing.
The former Southampton player would strengthen Antonio Conte’s options at wing-back if he were to make the move to Stamford Bridge.