Yesterday it was reported in the Telegraph that Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be leaving at the end of the season and would not extend his Emirates contract.
They mooted Liverpool as a potential suitor, but it seemed our name was just being thrown out there more than anything else.
But now, James Pearce of the Echo has claimed we are indeed monitoring the situation and do have a genuine interest. Jurgen Klopp stated links to the player were ‘nonsense’ in December, but with the 23-year-old refusing to extend his deal, which runs out in 2018, Liverpool could acquire him cheaply.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s running style and intensity would suit Liverpool, either in one of the box-to-box midfield roles or as part of the front-three.
We’d prefer to see him centrally if it did happen, in a similar role to Adam Lallana – as his end product often negates his good work out wide.
With one year left on his deal this summer, we imagine he’d cost around £20m – potentially a bargain fee.