According to Goal’s Melissa Reddy, Liverpool have not submitted a new bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the Southampton graduate expected to commit to new terms with the Gunners.
Liverpool are set for a season in the Champions League next season after beating Arsenal to a fourth-placed finish last time out.
With a need to bolster competition within his squad, Jürgen Klopp has been widely reported as being interested in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to increase competition across a number of positions.
This morning reports surfaced claiming that Liverpool submitted an official bid of £25 million for Chamberlain with the Reds looking to make concrete their interest in the Englishman.
Yet, Melissa Reddy’s latest report for Goal contradicts this entirely. The new information is that Liverpool are interested in the Arsenal man but have not made an offer to Arsenal and the expectation is that he will sign a new contract with the Gunners worth £100,000 a week.
Reddy’s report is an interesting one as it contradicts two reports we’ve seen in recent days. On the weekend, we heard news that Arsenal needed to offload players this summer to ensure they didn’t come into conflict with the Premier League’s new cost control regulations.
With Arsenal aiming to tie both Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez down to new lucrative deals, the Gunners reportedly need to sell a few players in order to ensure they don’t fall short of the Premier League’s requirements.
At this point, I’m inclined to trust Reddy over the Mirror.
Liverpool certainly do need a new midfielder this summer to cope with the inevitable injuries and suspensions that will come their way next season while competing across four fronts.
Interest in Naby Keita has seemingly taken a blow, as has whatever lingering interest there is in Virgil van Dijk. While it might seem that Klopp might miss out on his primary targets, this has proven to be less detrimental than one might think.
With Salah signing in placing of Julian Brandt and Sadio Mané in place of Mario Götze last season, perhaps Klopp could afford to miss out on his top targets more often.
That being said, I would take both Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool in a heartbeat. We really just need to trust Klopp and let him do his thing and the signings will be announced in due course.