Liverpool are reportedly ready to make a huge last-ditch bid to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing a new contract at Arsenal.
One of the several ongoing summer rumours surrounding the Reds, the chase for Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to be over last week—but the most recent reports indicate a big bid in the offing.
With the Gunners winger seemingly on the verge of agreeing a new deal to stay at the Emirates Stadium, the Express report the Reds are ready to move on a club record deal to change his mind.
A £40 million bid and £100,000-a-week transfer is on the cards, according to the report, despite the 23-year-old having just one year left on his contract this summer.
The rejuvenated rumour comes just after Oxlade-Chamberlain produced a big cameo performance at international level, where he came off the bench to score for England against Scotland in a 2-2 draw.
It was Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first goal in 2017, with his last league strike coming in early December in a campaign where he netted six times in 45 appearances.
The versatile performer struggled to nail down a regular role at times for Arsenal, switching between a wide role, central midfield and—late in the season—left wing-back after a system change for the team.
While his varied talents and positional adaptability would unquestionably be a reasonable addition to the Liverpool squad, questions would remain over exactly where Oxlade-Chamberlain might fit into Jurgen Klopp‘s XI on a regular basis.
If a big-money fee is to be offered it’s presumably with a starting role in mind, particularly with regard to encouraging him away from a new Arsenal contract.
And Oxlade-Chamberlain himself has hinted that he wants a central midfield role, partly to emulate his hero: a certain Steven Gerrard.
This still appears to be a rumour which will rumble on a while longer, until the attacker signs a new contract—be it at Arsenal or elsewhere.