Liverpool round-up: Lemar still a priority; Van Dijk optimism; Oxlade-Chamberlain accepts less money
Liverpool still see French winger Thomas Lemar as a priority on deadline day, despite the fact that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to put pen to paper and sign for the club, according to the Independent. Liverpool remain hopeful that they can seal a deal for both players before the 11pm deadline.
With a total offer at present worth around £74 million, the Reds have clearly gone all out in their pursuit of the Monaco ace. With £40 million already spent on the Arsenal man, it could see a day of substantial investment in the Liverpool squad ahead of the closure of the summer window.
There could be even more money spent too as the London Evening Standard claim that the club remain quietly optimistic that they can complete the signing of Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk. The south coast club have refused to sell all summer, but with Van Dijk currently training with the under 23s, may reconsider with big money on the table.
Liverpool fans have been crying out for new additions in defence after a leaky back four cost their side numerous points in 2016/17, and already in 2017/18 against Watford in particular. Van Dijk could be the perfect addition if the Saints do think about changing their stance on the Dutchman.
Van Dijk is thought to be keen on a move, and the same can be said of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder has even accepted £60,000 per week less money at Anfield than he was offered to stay at the Emirates, according to Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol on Twitter.
The Times say that Oxlade-Chamberlain is keen to follow in the footsteps of his idol Steven Gerrard and take up a place in the Liverpool midfield three. His addition will be welcome, with it likely that he will fill the role of the currently injured Adam Lallana in the most advanced of the trio.