Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, will sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea this week, because he considers Liverpool too much of a threat to their top-four hopes.
Chelsea are willing to pay £40million for the England international, who is also wanted by Kop manager Jurgen Klopp.
Although Wenger is reluctant to let Oxlade-Chamberlain leave, the 24-year-old is determined to quit the Emirates before the summer transfer window closes.
Wenger sees Chelsea as serious title challengers with or without the Ox, but reckons Liverpool could struggle to push for a top-four slot with Champions League fixtures to negotiate and does not want to strengthen their chances.
Wenger may also have to make a decision on Mesut Ozil who, like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez, is now in the final year of his contract.