Liverpool Football Club have made a direct enquiry about the availability of £25m Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The 23-year old has been linked frequently with the Reds so far in the early stages of this summer but it seems that the club have finally made a direct approach for the player.
The Englishman appeared 45 times for the Gunners last season, scoring six goals and laying on 11 assists while most importantly, avoiding major injuries that have plagued him in previous seasons.
The Mirror report that contract talks have stalled between the player and his club as Arsenal look to undergo a clear out of sorts to accommodate new bumper deals for Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez.
While the Gunners are said to have “rebuffed,” the Reds initial approach, the lack of progress during talks over a new contract for the Englishman suggests that Arsenal could be ready to cash in on the player rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Relations between the two clubs are, however, said to still be “frosty” after the Luis Suarez fiasco in 2013 when the Gunners attempted to steal the Uruguayan for a cheeky £40,000,001 bid.
Chamberlain’s versatility, youth and speed are all said to be attributes that have drawn interest from Klopp but it remains to be seen whether he’d actually make the move to Anfield.
The Englishman is looking for guaranteed playing time to ensure the best chance possible at making England’s World Cup squad next summer.
With the Reds already boasting the likes of Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum while also linked with Naby Keïta, it’s hard to see where he would fit in.
What do you think? Would Oxlade-Chamberlain represent a good signing for Liverpool? Personally, I’m on the fence about this one.