Arsenal have offered a four-year contract worth £125,000 per week to Chelsea target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Daily Star.
With just one year remaining on his current deal, doubts have risen over Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-term future at the Emirates.
The 24-year-old has been part of Arsene Wenger’s team since his 2011 switch from Southampton, but over the years he has struggled to hold down a regular first-team spot.
The Daily Star reports that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been tempted by a move to Chelsea after being offered an initial £100,000-a-week deal by the Gunners, but the North London outfit are confident that the attack-minded player will agree to the new terms.
Bleacher Report insider Dean Jones has claimed that the Blues, though, are not ready to end their pursuit just yet.
Expect Oxlade-Chamberlain situation to move on again this week. More talks with Arsenal and another bid from Chelsea on the way
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 21, 2017
If money is an issue, then Arsenal upping their salary offer is encouraging for the player.
However, he would likely earn just as much at Chelsea, so the matter comes down to playing time and trophies.
During his six-year spell at Arsenal, the England international has won three FA Cups.
Within that time, Chelsea have scooped up two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has a better chance of winning silverware at Stamford Bridge, but he may face the same issues with regards to minutes on the pitch.
In Antonio Conte’s system, the former Southampton man would fit into the wing-back role, which tends to be occupied by Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso, who scored twice in Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Oxlade-Chamberlain would have to fight for his place, much like he does at Arsenal, but Wenger has made early indications that the Englishman will be used more regularly having started him in both league matches against Leicester City and Stoke City.
Last season, he started 16 league matches and came off the bench in a further 13.