While Arsene Wenger has continually protested that Chamberlain will not leave the club, proclaiming that he is a player who he wants to build the team around, the trajectory of the narrative suggested that he would no longer be an Arsenal player by the end of the summer. The former West Ham United defender thinks his versatility will come in handy at Stamford Bridge as he may struggle to oust the likes of Willian and Pedro for starting spot under Antonio Conte.
So, here is an in-depth statistical analysis of each player and what they will bring to Antonio Conte's squad.
"In the a year ago, he has made huge progress and personally I want him to stay here for a long time", said Wenger.
Chelsea are keen on strengthening their English core after fielding no players from the country in the last two fixtures.
Sead Kolasinac is already a ready-made replacement for the left wing-back/ left-back role, and the Bosnian will have the opportunity to impress after he was left out of the 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.
The fee for the midfielder, who has three England caps, is likely to top £30 million. Talks between the clubs took place after Sunday's Premier League clash.
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But will Chelsea get the deal done?
The Guardian also speculate that once the The Ox deal is squared away, the Blues will move briskly to round off their summer shopping spree with quickie deals for Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Fernando Llorente.
Winterburn questioned whether a move to Arsenal's London rivals - or Liverpool, who have also been linked with the England worldwide - would allow Oxlade-Chamberlain to play in his preferred position, but believes that the midfielder is eager to leave anyway. The former Southampton youngster is by no means a key player like Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil, but his ability to cover so many positions is hard to find - especially in such a short timeframe.
Sanchez could be moving to Manchester City, who have attempted to break the impasse over the forward by indicating that they would be prepared to include Raheem Sterling in a deal.
But while Chelsea have had a bid accepted by Arsenal, claimed to be in the £35m to £40m region, Liverpool have not yet submitted an offer.