Liverpool midfield target’s time up in the capital

Date published: Tuesday 11th July 2017 6:27

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks increasingly likely to leave Arsenal this summer, according to a report on Tuesday.

The England midfielder is inside the last 12 months on his contract at The Emirates and after talks between the two parties no agreement has been reached.

And now Sky Sports report that the “chances of signing a new Arsenal deal are virtually nil” with no more contract discussions planned.

The 23-year-old, who has been attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, has flown out to Australia on Arsenal’s pre-season tour this week.

Liverpool were understood to be heading the queue for the player, but the Daily Star claimed last month that Jurgen Klopp had gone cold on a £25million move for the player.

The report suggested Klopp was concerned how much first-team football Oxlade-Chamberlain would receive at Anfield after the arrival of Mohamed Salah.

Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly looking for a substantial increase to his current wages, which Liverpool aren’t prepared to pay and to make matters worse he is represented by Aidy Ward.

Liverpool’s relationship with Ward broke down after the agent’s aggressive involvement in Raheem Sterling’s departure to Man City.

And Jurgen Klopp gave nothing away when he was quizzed over Oxlade-Chamberlain in December.

“It’s really not interesting what I think about this. From my side, nothing else to say about it,” Klopp told reporters.

Chelsea have also been linked with the midfielder with Antonio Conte believed to be interested in his versatility after he adapted to a right wing-back role under Wenger when Arsenal switched to a 3-4-3 formation.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger though has always stated he wanted Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been at The Emirates for six years, to stay.

“I personally wish he stays – I think he is a very promising player who has developed well and who looks also to have the values we rate, he said in March, while a month later he hailed his development.

“I think it’s vital Alex stays at Arsenal. It would be a big damage to us to lose this kind of player.

“We bought him from Southampton when he was young and built him up. He has a good football brain and I like his mentality,” Wenger added in April.

 

 

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