According to The Times, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be offered a new contract by Arsenal in a bid to convince the Englishman to stay in London.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a player that has been mentioned as one that Jürgen Klopp could snatch up this summer. The English midfielder has been of great use to Arsene Wenger this season, filling a number of roles from right wing to right back. This versatility appeals to Klopp who likes players that can fulfil a number of roles within the squad.
Liverpool pipped Arsenal to a fourth-place finish last season and will need to get through a two-leg play-off to ensure that Champions League football does indeed return to Merseyside. For Chamberlain, not being in Europe’s top competition next season could be motive to relocate.
Primarily, however, the Englishman is after a place in midfield which he has been unable to secure at Arsenal so far.
The Times report that Arsenal will offer Chamberlain a new contract to get him to stay and subsequently reject Liverpool.
On the topic of his contract running out in the next year, Chamberlain commented, “I’m not here to talk about my future, so I’ll leave that there.
“I have spoken to the manager a few times and he says he sees me ending up (playing centrally). I really enjoy playing in midfield and thought this is where I want to be able to play moving forward. That is my main ambition, to end up playing there.
“It’s a tricky one to nail me down to one position. My attributes do go hand-in-hand with playing out wide as well. Long term, I’d hope I end up playing more central.“
As it stands, Chamberlain hasn’t agreed on a new deal with Arsenal which means that speculation will continue regarding his future. As far as I’m concerned, if Klopp needs to pay £35 million and offer him a permanent position in central midfield then it’s worth steering clear.
Despite Chamberlain’s qualities as a midfielder, Liverpool could sign better and more suitable midfielders. The likes of Naby Keita cost over £50 million but are experts in the middle of the park.
Klopp and his coaching staff will no doubt be thinking very carefully about who to sign but under the current climate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not an ideal fit.