CHELSEA will this week step up their interest in signing Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but can expect a battle from Manchester City.

The England star is coming into the final year of his contract and last week told Arsene Wenger that he won’t be signing a new deal.

The Gunners will now have to decide if they are going to cash in on him or gamble that he will sign a new deal before next summer.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered around £100,000-a-week to stay at the Emirates and is believed to want assurances about regular first-team football.

Liverpool have been keeping close tabs on his contract talks but it is now seen as a straight shoot-out between Premier League champions Chelsea and City.