​Chelsea are confident of sealing a £35m transfer for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite Arsene Wenger's reluctance to let the player leave. The England international has just one more year on his contract and has already rejected a new deal from the Gunners.


The Englishman is keen for playing time in his favored midfield position but has been used often at wing-back by Arsene Wenger.



However, his place in the team is not secure, with Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac likely to start as wing-backs if everyone is fit and this leaves Oxlade-Chamberlain in jeopardy.


According to the ​Evening Standard, Chelsea and Antonio Conte are keen on the England international and are willing to pay £35 million for the former Southampton man. Conte is also expected to guarantee Oxlade-Chamberlain a starting position in the team at right wing-back ahead of Victor Moses.



With the World Cup coming up in Russia next summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to play regularly to nail down a spot in the England team and is open to leaving Arsenal to achieve that.


Arsene Wenger is reluctant to let the versatile player leave but given Arsenal are already facing the prospect of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez leaving on a free next year, they could be tempted to cash in on Chamberlain whose Arsenal career has not gone according to plan.


Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Gunners as an 18-year-old in 2011 but has been unable to hold down a regular place in the team, mainly due to injuries and inconsistent performances. However, the now 24-year-old enjoyed his best campaign for the Gunners last season, scoring six goals and registering eight assists in all competitions but could now leave the club for pastures new.