Liverpool have launched an attempt to snatch a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Chelsea’s grasp.
It was revealed on Friday that the midfielder would be told by Arsenal within the next 24 hours whether or not he will be allowed to leave the club, having turned down a new £180,000-a-week deal at the Emirates.
Whilst Chelsea initially appeared front-runners in the race for the 24-year-old’s signature, Liverpool appear to have revived their interest and are now in with a great chance of luring the England star to Anfield.
The Reds are now rivalling Chelsea, with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s teammates believing a move to Merseyside is the more likely option, according to the Mirror’s John Cross.
Arsenal have seemingly edged closer towards accepting the sale of the former Southampton starlet during this window, in order to avoid losing him on a free when his current deal runs out next summer.
A desire to play more regularly in his favoured central midfield role represents the basis of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wish to leave, not to mention for the benefit of his personal development.
It is believed he has informed Arsene Wenger that he wants to leave this summer, although the Gunners boss recently hailed the Englishman as the kind of player he would like to build his team around.
With Adam Lallana ruled out for up to three months with injury, the addition of another midfielder makes perfect sense, especially when a player so suited to Klopp’s system, as Oxlade-Chamberlain is, becomes available.
Liverpool could be busy between now and Thursday’s deadline.