Both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are up for sale at Liverpool, according to reports. The Reds want to raise funds.
This comes from ESPN. They claim that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are up for sale right now.
That doesn’t mean Liverpool are actively seeking out buyers, however. The Reds will accept the right offer should it come in.
Now, we don’t know what those offers would have to be. It sounds as though they’d have to be enough to fund further transfers, though.
That’s the ultimate goal here. Liverpool have already generated around £30m in player sales but it’s still not enough to adequately improve the squad further.
So it’s worth saying that these two aren’t the only players mentioned by ESPN. Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Loris Karius are also on the list.
That trio is far more likely to leave, however. Their sales wouldn’t shock anyone.
Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain are expensive signings who are right in their prime years. Moving them on would be a major statement of intent.
Liverpool paid £53m to sign Keita and he’s still in his original contract. To sell him at 26 would undoubtedly highlight the standards at the club right now.
You can say something similar about Oxlade-Chamberlain, a £35m signing in 2017. He’s only 27 and appears to have a place in the squad.
We’ll have to wait and see just how serious Liverpool are about improving their options, then. Are they willing to sacrifice some money in sales to get things moving?
We’re not sure they are. We think it’s more likely that both Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain have fairly hefty prices on their heads that other clubs are unlikely to match them.
In the even that they do, then Liverpool would use the cash to improve the squad. But we won’t hold our breath.