Liverpool are ready to make a last-ditch attempt to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal. Jürgen Klopp is prepared to pay a massive £40million for the England international who is about to enter the last 12 months of his contract at the Emirates.
Klopp isn’t being scared off by the Gunners’ valuation of the 23-year-old who ended up playing as a wing-back after Arsene Wenger switched formations.
He is keen for some success in the transfer market especially with a move for Mohamed Salah in doubt over Roma’s £35m valuation. There is a stumbling block at the moment with rumours Salah will cost Liverpool up to £42m.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s sheer pace, power and directness would make him an ideal fit to the explosive attacking football Klopp has implemented.
Arsenal have held initial discussions with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s representatives who were hoping that they weren’t going to wait this long to get around the table. They are ready to offer him a bumper rise to ignore the interest from Anfield and remain with the FA Cup winners in North London.
Arsenal fans are keen for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored in England’s 2-2 draw with Scotland, to stay at the club, where he has become a firm favourite since his 2011 move from Southampton.
While Oxlade-Chamberlain has resorted to playing in a makeshift wing-back role with Arsenal.
“Playing for a team like Arsenal, it ends up being more of a right-wing job.
At the end of the day, it’s given me minutes and I’m not one to complain.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted after the FA Cup final win over Chelsea last month he ideally wants to be deployed in a central midfield position – to emulate Liverpool legend Steve Gerrard.
“But, the centre-mid role… I’ve always wanted to be Steven Gerrard, so I’ve still got a hope of that! I
get the ball from deeper and that plays into my hands more.”
Let’s see what happens now, whilst Salah is a massive talent and has had a successful season in Italy with Roma, there is always going to be a doubt as to whether he can cut it the Premier League after an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, well, you know exactly what to expect from him! Also, another ex-Southampton player to add to the ranks!