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Liverpool round-up: Ready to pounce for Arsenal star; winger to be sold for £12m; no Van Dijk punishment


Liverpool round-up: Ready to pounce for Arsenal star; winger to be sold for £12m; no Van Dijk punishment

Liverpool could press on with their summer transfer activities, as the Mirror say that the Reds are preparing to launch a move for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international has just one year left on his current deal at the Emirates and could be sold for £25 million this transfer window.

Arsenal remain hopeful of retaining the ex-Southampton man and have offered him a new deal. For Liverpool, it would be a big fee to pay for a player entering into the final year of his contract but he would be a good addition with plenty of potential to continue his improvement at Anfield.

The same could have been said in 2014 when Liverpool signed Lazar Markovic from Benfica for £20 million. However, fast forward to 2017 and the club are ready to accept an £8 million loss, according to the Mirror. Watford, managed by Marco Silva, who coached Markovic during his loan spell at Hull, are thought to be interested.

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The Serbian made just 34 appearances in his debut season at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, many out of position at wing back. Since then, three loan spells have followed with Markovic failing to have shown Jurgen Klopp enough to earn him a second shot at reviving his career on Merseyside.

In more positive news, the Telegraph report that Liverpool will not face any punishment over allegations of tapping up Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk due to insufficient evidence. The Dutch central defender was thought to be close to a move to the north-west before Liverpool apologised to the Saints and withdrew from the running.

Van Dijk’s future remains unclear, with his current club hoping that he will remain at Saint Mary’s. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to add a central defender to his squad this summer and the 25-year-old may still be one of the candidates.

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