The Stamford Bridge club agreed a £35m fee with Arsenal for England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – and yesterday were moving towards a £40m deal for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, currently with Gareth Southgate’s England squad as they prepare for Friday night’s World Cup qualifying clash in Malta, will now discuss personal terms with Chelsea, and is expected to have his medical at the national team’s headquarters at St George’s Park in the next 24 hours before signing a five year deal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, rejected Arsenal’s £180,000 a week new contract offer, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted that the former Southampton star would not be sold earlier this summer.
But the midfielder told Wenger he wanted to go before Sunday’s disastrous 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool, in which he surprisingly played 62 minutes.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is to be granted special leave by England to enable him to tie up his move across London, with Southgate keen to see all transfer business involving his players tied up before the matches against Malta and Slovakia.