Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks increasingly likely to be stuck at Liverpool after reports of their transfer stance were backed up by more sources.
Over the weekend, claims emerged that Liverpool would not be looking to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer. Although he is out of contract in 2023 and his gametime has reduced, other departures mean his own could leave them with a lack of depth.
The Mirror originally wrote that Liverpool are ready to sanction the sale of Takumi Minamino, potentially to Monaco, for £17m. In turn, they claimed Oxlade-Chamberlain would not be allowed to leave.
Liverpool will be evolving their midfield next summer, when they plan to make a world-class signing there. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner could depart as free agents.
Although they originally invested £35m in his transfer from Arsenal, Liverpool would supposedly rather let his deal run down so they don’t have to bring forward their plans to spend big on a replacement.
What’s more, Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly been informed of Jurgen Klopp’s desire to keep him.
The claims have now been backed up by the Liverpool Echo, who write that Oxlade-Chamberlain will report back for pre-season duties as normal.
His versatility means he will be viewed as an important player. Since clubs will be allowed to make five substitutions per match next season, Oxlade-Chamberlain could get more opportunities, even from the bench.
But it still looks as if this will be his last season as a Liverpool player before moving elsewhere.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has one last chance to take
The midfielder’s perspective is not known, but it would be easy to be frustrated after his struggles for gametime.
Some of that has been down to injury issues. Yet he got through last season unscathed and only started nine Premier League matches.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to leave Liverpool this summer
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ready to leave Liverpool this summer and has interest from Newcastle, West Ham and other Premier League teams
Turning 29 in the summer, his best years could be passing him by. But he has shown glimpses of excitement for Liverpool in the past.
Therefore, he would be hoping to make one final impression at Anfield over the course of the next 12 months. Beyond then, he will have to find somewhere he can really revive his career as his 30s approach.