Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to snub a new contract at the Gunners and is said to be prepared to sit out his final twelve months if he has to.
The Times’ Jonathan Northcroft reports this morning that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal is prepared to snub his current club’s offer of a new contract deal and will wait out the final twelve months of his current deal if he has to.
Chamberlain’s priority is said to be “playing time” rather than improving his wages and the London club could reportedly not guarantee him the minutes he was hoping for.
Liverpool made a “direct approach to Arsenal” to enquire about the Englishman’s availability earlier this week and while being rebuffed, the versatile winger is said to be keen on playing under Jürgen Klopp due to his proven pedigree for developing young talent.
At 23 years old, Chamberlain is approaching the peak years of his career and is said to be “eager to nail down a regular role in a top team and start games consistently” which, despite six seasons at the Emirates, simply isn’t happening in his current situation.
The player is also said to be desperate to give himself the best chance possible at being selected to play a key part of England’s 2018 World Cup campaign next summer.
Even with Chamberlain’s contract set to expire in twelve months time, Arsenal are said to value the player at £25m due to his age and potential ceiling.
With the Reds set to be competing on four fronts this season – Premier League, two domestic cups and European football of a yet to be decided degree – Klopp will be looking to strengthen his current squad depth and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play as a central midfield, winger and even wing-back would be the perfect utility asset with which to do that.