According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are unwilling to sell either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Alexis Sanchez this summer.
Despite both players entering the final year on their contract with the Gunners, Arsenal are adamant they won’t sell star players to rivals given their 13-year title drought.
The North London club has developed a reputation for being a selling club and this is a result of big name players like Robin van Persie joining the likes of Manchester United and aiding them in winning silverware.
Liverpool are interested in signing Chamberlain this summer as Jürgen Klopp looks to add another winger to his side – with the Englishman’s versatility also said to be appealing.
However, if the Daily Star is to be believed, Liverpool will face an uphill battle to sign Chamberlain.
It might be that there is no reason for Arsenal to worry as it was last week reported by Jonathan Northcroft from The Times that the Englishman will stay at Arsenal for next season – but won’t renew his contract.
For the time being, Arsenal may well hang onto Chamberlain even if it means he leaves next summer for free. If he were to leave this summer, the Gunners supposedly value him at around £25 million.
In my books, signing a young, talented midfielder with plenty room to improve for £25 million would represent good business.
That being said, like with all of Liverpool’s other transfers, it doesn’t seem like a deal that could be conducted in a timeous manner.
Liverpool’s interest in RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta seems to be at risk of being put to bed if the German club cannot be persuaded to let the midfielder leave.
Journalists from Keïta’s homeland seem confident that a deal will be completed before the summer transfer window closes, but the contrasting reports on the matter make it difficult to find clarity at present.
As far as Virgil van Dijk is concerned, that seems all but dead and buried.