According to reports, Chelsea have been rebuffed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who wants to play under Jürgen Klopp in central midfield.
Regardless of his motives for doing so, it’s refreshing to hear that clubs are rejecting Chelsea for Liverpool and not the other way around.
Many players have chosen London over Merseyside in recent years but Jürgen Klopp seems to be doing a good job attracting the most-wanted players on the market.
Take Naby Keïta for example. Barcelona supposedly contacted RB Leipzig on Monday to find out if he was available for transfer only to be told he was closing in on a move to Liverpool.
Now, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected the chance to move to Chelsea as he’s holding out for Liverpool.
Ornstein writes, “Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wingback, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.
“A bid from the Reds is expected before Thursday’s transfer deadline, although it is likely to be below the price Chelsea were willing to pay.”
Arsenal are supposedly keen to sell Chamberlain as soon as possible to prevent him from entering into the final year of his contract. If this happens, the former Southampton man could simply join any team he likes on a free transfer.
If a move doesn’t materialise, or if Liverpool don’t sign him, Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates before leaving next summer for free.
Chamberlain is desperate to join a club that can offer him regular game time in the middle of the park and although I am not certain this is the case at Liverpool, he certainly won’t be playing at wing-back which is his gripe with Arsenal.
It remains to be seen in the next two days whether a move materialises for the Englishman or if he’ll spend another 12 months with the Gunners.