Liverpool round-up: Oxlade-Chamberlain announced; £26 million sale imminent; more signings unlikely
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The move has seen the England international join the Reds on deadline day only a matter of hours before the transfer window slams shut. Jurgen Klopp revealed his delight at the move, telling the club website:
“He is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen. He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.”
The former Southampton man will wear the number 21 shirt which was previously worn by Brazilian Lucas Leiva. He could make his debut for the club against Manchester City when the two sides come face to face next Saturday lunchtime.
Another man is on his way out though, Goal journalist Melissa Reddy has confirmed on Twitter. She states that Mamadou Sakho is finally closing in on a move to Crystal Palace in a deal which could see the club receive £26 million for the Frenchman, who was on loan at Selhurst Park last season.
An announcement confirming the deal will be expected imminently with the deadline at 11pm approaching quickly. It will bring to an end an ongoing saga which many may have speculated to end sooner, with Liverpool refusing to lower their asking price and Palace reluctant to meet it.
However, it’s unlikely that the funds will be reinvested into the squad as the Liverpool Echo say that any more additions this summer are unlikely. Whilst they do not rule it out completely, they believe that the club have failed to convince both Monaco and Southampton to sell Thomas Lemar and Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk has been a target throughout the summer but the Saints have stuck to their word of refusing to allow the Dutch international to leave. Lemar was only targeted late on in the window, but it seems that the Ligue Un champions have resisted the opportunity to cash in on the 21-year-old.
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