Liverpool have made their fifth signing of the summer, securing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on a five-year deal. The fee being reported is around £35m, as Jurgen Klopp has finally acquired a long awaited target.
Having rejected Chelsea, the England international has chose to make the next step in his footballing career on Merseyside. Offered huge wages by Arsenal, upwards of £180k a week, the ambition shown by the 24-year-old is something rarely seen in the modern game, as the player is rumoured to be earning £125k a week at Liverpool.
While still a very impressive amount, this shows that football comes first and his faith in Jurgen Klopp’s revolution, putting pen to paper on a six-year contract. The move is still subject to a medical, with Chamberlain meeting up with Liverpool’s staff at St George’s Park ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers
With a desire to play centrally, this may have been his reasoning behind declining Chelsea – fearful of being deployed at full back once more. At Liverpool, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be given a number 10 role or a more advanced wing role, rotated in and out of the squad given the heavy schedule awaiting the Reds.
Arsenal’s hand was forced given the declined contract, with the player’s existing deal running out in the summer. With the potential of losing Chamberlain for nothing, it made sense to cash out while they can, and with £35m on the table, it’s hard to turn down.
Negotiations were swift, as Liverpool displayed interest Wednesday morning, wrapping up the deal in the evening. Oxlade-Chamberlain could be just the start of a manic 48 hours for the club, with Virgil Van Dijk and Thomas Lemar still on the cards, as Klopp looks to diversify his options ahead of September 1st.