Reporter delivers latest update on Liverpool’s link to 23-year-old midfielder
Liverpool still hold an interest in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal this summer, says James Pearce
Arsenal informed Liverpool that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was not for sale this summer, according to reporter James Pearce.
The Liverpool Echo journalist has shed some light on the reports linking the Reds with a move for the Arsenal midfielder this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season.
According to respected reporter Pearce, Liverpool made an initial enquiry to Arsenal about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s availability earlier this summer, but the north London club informed the Reds that the player is not available for transfer.
However, since then, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s situation has become a source of speculation because his contract at The Emirates is due to expire at the end of next season and he is yet to pen a new deal with the Gunners.
Pearce goes on to state that Oxlade-Chamberlain is not viewed as an alternative for Naby Keita, who the Reds are also said to be keen on signing this summer, and that Klopp has an interest in both players.
Writing in the Liverpool Echo, Pearce said: “Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t viewed as being the back-up option to Keita.
“Liverpool have interest in both and getting Keita wouldn’t necessarily mean they don’t pursue Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“The situation with Oxlade-Chamberlain is that Liverpool made an enquiry to Arsenal a while back and were told he wasn’t available. Clearly, a lot hinges on what happens over his contract.
“If the stand-off over a new deal continues then Arsenal will reluctantly sell. If they are listening to offers then I’d expect Liverpool to make one.”
Liverpool have wrapped up two signings so far this summer – winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and striker Dominic Solanke from Chelsea.
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