Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Liverpool.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim that the Seagulls are keen on bringing in the Liverpool man this month.
However, Brighton reportedly don’t want to pay a penny to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain. Instead, it’s claimed that they’ll only make a move if the Reds agree to a free transfer. They’re said not to be the only Premier League team interested in such a deal either.
The Mail claim that with his contract up, Oxlade-Chamberlain will leave Anfield one way or another this year. Whether or not that’s in January is reportedly up to Liverpool.
Liverpool set to hang onto Ox
This is a bit of a strange one in all honesty. Why on earth would Liverpool agree to letting an under contract player go for nothing?
Obviously Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t command a fee when he leaves in the summer. But at that stage he’ll no longer be a Liverpool player.
Right now, he is. And right now he’s actually a Liverpool player who happens to be featuring a fair amount.
Due to injuries in the squad, the 29-year-old has been a regular in the side since the World Cup. That’s unlikely to translate to more game time once everyone is fit. But it does show the value of having Ox in the squad. Andy Robertson once described him as ‘unbelievable’ and he definitely has his moments.
To lose him mid-season for absolutely nothing would be a risk for the Reds. If a transfer fee were involved, it might be one worth taking. As, in this scenario, there wouldn’t be, it absolutely isn’t.
Brighton have got a cheek, too. The Seagulls have reportedly just slapped a £100m price-tag on reported Liverpool target Moises Caicedo.
They’re seemingly happy to extort others in the market, whilst low-balling clubs for signings.
So, unless they want to negotiate some kind of player plus cash discount for Caicedo, Brighton can forget about this sneaky little suggestion.