Liverpool still in the race to sign proven 24-year-old, claims insider

Liverpool must match Chelsea's offer for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the race to sign the Arsenal star, according to Kaveh Solhekol

Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Photo: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain/Instagram

Liverpool still have a chance to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite Chelsea moving into pole position in the race for Arsenal midfielder’s signature, Kaveh Solhekol has claimed.

The Premier League champions are reported to have agreed a £35m fee with the Gunners to sign the 24-year-old ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The west London club are already thought to be holding talks with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s advisors about personal terms.

However, Liverpool are still being linked with a deal to sign the England international despite Chelsea’s agreement with the north London club.

Both Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp are looking to improve their squads ahead of the Champions League group stage.

Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol has revealed Liverpool must match Chelsea’s £35m offer if the Merseyside outfit want to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“He’s being linked with Chelsea but Liverpool are not out of this yet. Arsenal are letting him go because he has just a year left on his contract and he’s refused to sign a new deal,” Solhekol told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.

“Chelsea are willing to pay £35m and now Liverpool have to decide whether to match that fee.

“In the meantime, Chelsea are discussing personal terms with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s advisors. He’s with the England squad at the moment. He’s expected to sort out his future away from Arsenal.”

Liverpool were 4-0 winners against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

The Merseyside outfit have agreed a £48m deal plus add ons to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in a club-record deal next summer.

Liverpool have recruited AS Roma winger Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson so far.

Chelsea have signed Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

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