Liverpool round-up: Oxlade-Chamberlain fee agreed; Monaco talks continue for Lemar; Origi set for loan
Liverpool have agreed a £35 million fee with Arsenal to secure the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, say the Liverpool Echo. The midfielder has reportedly turned down a move to Chelsea for the same fee as he has his heart set on a move to Liverpool, where he wants to form part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield three.
That fee may seem over the top considering Oxlade-Chamberlain is into the final year of his contract at the Emirates, but it could be a great deal for the Reds. The England international will reportedly undergo a medical on Wednesday evening at St. George’s Park where he is currently based with England.
That could be an indication that a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is not looking likely, but the Daily Mail say that the club have sent officials to Monaco in order to negotiate a deal. The club are believed to have made an offer worth £74 million but the Ligue Un champions have not yet accepted any approach.
The winger, like Oxlade-Chamberlain, is currently with his national side. That could complicate matters slightly but Reds’ officials are still pursuing a deal in the hope of securing an agreement with the club and the player before Thursday’s 11pm transfer deadline for English clubs.
It does now seem unlikely that Liverpool will be including an offer of forward Divock Origi in that deal though, as the Liverpool Echo believe that he is set to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan for the season. The Germans will pay what is described as “a substantial loan fee” for the transfer.
The Belgian has played just nine minutes so far this season for Liverpool, and with Oxlade-Chamberlain and potentially Lemar arriving to add depth and cover in the front three, it could be a hard task for Origi to establish himself in the side when he is already so low down the pecking order.