Liverpool are determined to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing a whopping £100k/week contract extension at Arsenal, and are willing to pay up to £40m for the 23-year-old’s services.
That’s according to an exclusive report by the Express, who suggest Jurgen Klopp has personally explained that £40m would be a fair fee for Arsenal’s utility man.
They also report that Klopp wants a big deal soon following the issues in our pursuit of Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is very talented but hasn’t fulfilled it under Arsene Wenger, who’s set for a two-year stay at the Emirates after renewing his terms.
The Englishman wants to play central midfield, but only got regularly in Arsenal’s side as a right wing-back last term – something Oxlade-Chamberlain admits isn’t ideal.
“Playing for a team like Arsenal, it ends up being more of a right-wing job,” he told BT Sport after the FA Cup final.
“I get the ball from deeper and that plays into my hands more.
“At the end of the day, it’s given me minutes and I’m not one to complain.
“But, the centre-mid role… I’ve always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I’ve still got a hope of that!”
For us, we think £40m for a player with 12 months of his contract left seems very steep, but in this modern day and age where TV money is so inflated, transfer fees mean less.
Providing Klopp gets the targets he wants, we shouldn’t worry about the cost – accepting there’ll naturally be an increased price when buying English and buying from a rival.
We like Oxlade-Chamberlain, but can’t see where he’d automatically improve our starting XI just yet. Having said that, we thought the same about Gini Wijnaldum before he arrived.