Liverpool have seemingly been dealt yet another transfer blow, with Arsenal “confident” that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not leave this summer. 

The Mirror’s John Cross, who is following the Gunners on their Australian pre-season tour – reports this morning that Arsene Wenger is “confident” Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will remain at Arsenal for the 2017/18 season.

The versatile Englishman is out of contract next summer and no new deal has been agreed to extend his stay at the London club but the Frenchman is confident that they can at least make him see out his current contract.

Liverpool have been reported to be keenly interested in the midfielder this summer and this will likely come as another big blow to Jürgen Klopp as the Reds continue to struggle when it comes to their top transfer targets.

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Little progress has been made with German club RB Leipzig over the potential transfer of Naby Keïta while despite reports this week that Virgil van Dijk will look to hand in a transfer request, getting a deal done for the Dutchman is starting to look nought but a pipeline dream by now.

The Reds even seem to be struggling to get a deal for Hull City left-back Andrew Robertson completed, with very little confirmed movement on the Reds attempts to sign the Scotsman in recent weeks.

While it’s certainly frustrating to see the Reds seemingly shot down with every transfer target they take interest in, it’s worth remembering that Klopp has already noted the need for patience this summer and that both the manager and the club are aware that the deals they’re hoping to complete this summer will take time.

Despite this, it certainly would be nice to see a Melwood lean again sooner rather than later. Preferably from a certain Dutch centre-back or Guinean midfielder.

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