Just what is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain worth on the transfer market? Liverpool could reportedly sell him this summer.
ESPN claims Liverpool would accept an offer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – but what would that be worth? The article doesn’t make that clear.
It says the Reds must sell more players before adequately improving the squad. They’d listen to offers for Oxlade-Chamberlain, as a result, but would still want the right price.
But what would that be, exactly?
Why would Liverpool sell Oxlade-Chamberlain?
At his best, Oxlade-Chamberlain is a fantastic player for Liverpool. He drives forward from midfield – with or without the ball – and adds a direct dimension that few others can.
Unfortunately, we have to go back quite some time to see ‘his best’. We’d still hold up his debut season in 2017/18 as that, with the 3-0 win over Manchester City as the peak.
Injuries have severely disrupted things since. Oxlade-Chamberlain has only started 19 Premier League games in the three years since.
Other midfielders have pushed far ahead of him in the pecking order, including new arrival Thiago. The emergence of Curtis Jones creates a further problem – Liverpool need to give him time to develop.
Now, a position change could open more doors. But right now, Oxlade-Chamberlain just isn’t a key, reliable part of the squad.
So what is Oxlade-Chamberlain worth?
One big factor here is that, per the Liverpool Echo, Oxlade-Chamberlain has two more years left on his contract. This is the final year, then, that Liverpool can command a decent fee.
Next year there will be the looming chance that they lose him for free after the season – a negative negotiating position. Now is the only time Liverpool can really get anything.
Certainly, the final year they’d receive enough money to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain. But even that’s debatable.
The 27-year-old is right in his prime and, as we know, a great player who fits Liverpool wonderfully at his best. The Reds will head into next season knowing there’s a chance they see that best.
But other teams may not. They’ll see an injury-prone player who hasn’t strung two full consecutive seasons together for some time. Why wouldn’t they wait until next summer to see if he can find consistency?
That would have the added bonus of reducing his price in the final year of his contract.
Liverpool recently sold Harry Wilson for £12m. Oxlade-Chamberlain is certainly worth more than that, given his history.
At the same time, the impressive Rodrigo De Paul went to Atletico Madrid for £30m. Oxlade-Chamberlain simply won’t move for a figure like that.
So we think Liverpool might be looking for a figure between these two. £20m seems about right.
But then the question turns to ‘can Liverpool replace him for that?’. We’re not sure they can and that’s why we see Oxlade-Chamberlain sticking around.
Taking a chance on things going well next season seems more probable than finding a decent replacement for £20m. And that’s if anyone would pay that in the first place.