Liverpool have made their first move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the winger’s contract situation with Arsenal remains precarious.
The Mirror report that they have made a direct enquiry to the Gunners and they are ready to attempt one of the deals of the summer for the England international.
He is rated at £25 million, but the North London side won’t be willing sellers, which could drive the price up even more.
Jurgen Klopp is a long-term admirer and he won’t be put off by the initial rebuff. Manchester City and Chelsea are closely watching the situation and could make a move if the deal suits them.
The noises coming out of the winger’s camp at the moment aren’t positive and it is looking increasingly likely that he could leave. That said, it is too soon to believe that this one is a done deal.
There is a lot of manoeuvring done by everyone in the transfer window and the 23-year-old may be using the interest from Liverpool as leverage for a better contract at Arsenal.
Given there are few that possess the passion that Oxlade-Chamberlain has in the current Gunners’ squad, it would be a disappointment to lose him.
Barcelona have been linked heavily with a move for Hector Bellerin and Mundo Deportivo report that they have set a deadline of ten days before they turn their attention elsewhere.
They are getting frustrated at the lack of progress being made and will move on to other targets if Arsenal remain stubborn. The Gunners don’t want to sell the player and have protection due to the new deal that the Spaniard signed last summer.
This story isn’t going away and this appears to be a negotiating ploy from Los Cules, either to force Arsenal to negotiate or to get Bellerin to push for a move. It will be interesting to see if either the Gunners or the player want the move to go through.
If the finances are right, then it is a deal that could appeal to Arsene Wenger. The right-back ended the season out of the team and he didn’t progress as much as had been hoped during the previous 12 months.
Finally, Arsenal have missed out on the signing of Henry Onyekuru, who will instead moved to Everton, according to the Daily Mail. The forward hasn’t been granted a work permit, so he will spend the next year on loan at Anderlecht.
He finished last season as the joint top scorer in the Belgian League, with 22 goals in 38 matches. This is a good return for a young player and it isn’t a surprise that there was a lot of interest in him. The Gunners were seen as leading the chase, but they didn’t end up signing him.
There are a number of reasons why Onyekuru may not have moved to the Emirates Stadium and not all of them are negative for Arsenal. It could have been that he decided against a move to North London, but it is more likely that it was the Gunners that pulled out of a move.
The registration issues are a big complication and Wenger may have thought that his budget would be better off being spent on players that can join immediately.
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