Arsene Wenger insists Liverpool target will stay at Arsenal according to the Liverpool Echo. Putting a dent into Klopp’s hopes of luring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Anfield this summer.
The Arsenal boss spoke about the situation surrounding the 23-year-old midfielder after his side’s 3-1 win on tour in Sydney, a game the England man started.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has just a year left on his contract and has refused to sign a new one at the Emirates, with a deal of around £80,000 per week said to be on the table.
Liverpool are keen on Oxlade-Chamberlain and the extra options he would provide in midfield, and would be prepared to meet an asking price of around £25m if Arsenal were prepared to do business now rather than risk losing the player for nothing at the end of the year.
Arsene Wenger though is adamant that Oxlade-Chamberlain is going nowhere.
Asked about the situation after Arsenal’s friendly win against Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia earlier today, Wenger said:
“Yes. 100%, I expect him to stay. No matter the speculation, he will stay.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain – and his agent Aidy Ward – may of course have different opinions although the player’s desire to be part of the England team at the Russia World Cup in 2018 will no doubt also play a part in his calculations.
Dealing with a club who doesn’t want to sell has become the norm for Liverpool’s transfer window as they prepare to up their bid to try to land Naby Keita from RB Leipzig.