Liverpool will have to pay around £25 million to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they are to sign him, according to The Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
Despite a report earlier today from Melissa Reddy suggesting that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to sign a new contract with Arsenal, James Pearce indicates the opposite is true.
According to the Echo reporter, Oxlade-Chamberlain has no intention of accepting “marginally enhanced terms of around £80,000 per week” from Arsenal.
Pearce reports that Chamberlain will leave the Emirates this summer as the English midfielder searches for a new challenge. Jürgen Klopp’s highly exciting Liverpool project would be the perfect destination for Arsenal’s want-away midfielder.
Although Arsenal are unwilling to sell, particularly to a league rival, they are unwilling to let him leave for free next summer when his contract expires. As such, they are willing to listen to offers of around £25 million “if there is no breakthrough in negotiations.”
Manchester City and Chelsea have also been linked with moves for Chamberlain but have not made an approach. In addition to that, it is difficult to see where the 23-year-old would fit in at either club.
Jürgen Klopp is said to be a fan of Chamberlain’s pace, power and versatility as he would increase competition across several positions. Yet, James Pearce indicates “no approach is imminent with other targets currently viewed as being greater priorities.”
Although Chamberlain might be excited by the direction that Liverpool is heading in, he might be less excited by the amount of game time he would be guaranteed at Anfield next season.
With plenty of competition on both wings and in midfield, he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter and this would be an issue for him ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
For now, however, Liverpool have transfer targets that are of greater importance and Chamberlain’s game time gripe could prove to be a non-issue if the Reds don’t even submit a bid for the midfielder.
With Naby Keita of the greatest priority for Liverpool, Chamberlain will be pushed to the back of many supporters’ minds for the time being.
Liverpool will have to pay £70.4m to sign the Guinean and even then, there is no guarantee at this point if that will be enough to sway RB Leipzig’s hardball stance on the dynamic midfielder.