Arsenal are in the race to sign Nemanja Matic. (AMA/Getty Images)

Arsenal have entered the race with Manchester United to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Arsene Wenger’s side have proposed a swap deal which would see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain head to Stamford Bridge in return for the Serbian midfielder.

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Manchester United are believed to be leading the race for Matic with reports claiming that the 28-year-old is pushing for a move to Old Trafford where he would link up with former boss Jose Mourinho.

United are ready to pay £40million for Matic but Mourinho’s side face competition from Juventus and Inter.

Chelsea are ready to let the midfielder leave having virtually completed a deal to bring in France international Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, who will partner N’Golo Kante next season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered to Chelsea. (Getty Images)
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Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, has just one year left on his current contract with Arsenal and reports are claiming that the 23-year-old will not commit to a new deal.

Last season the England international found himself becoming something of a utility player as Arsene Wenger shifted him around the pitch to cover other areas. Having spent six years at Arsenal he is still to become a consistent first-team player at the Emirates.

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‘It’s obviously an interesting position for me, it’s new.

‘I have to focus on the defensive side of things and I’m not used to being a right-back.’

Liverpool are understood to have registered their interest, while the winger has also been linked with a move to Manchester City.

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