Things just got interesting in regards to this particular transfer saga.
After reports earlier in the week that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was set to renew his contract with the Gunners, news is coming out this morning that the midfielder has rejected that offer from Arsenal and looks determined to move out of the club.
Liverpool have had their eye on Chamberlain for quite some time, so it comes as no surprise to see our buddy James Pearce saying the club are “put on red alert” with this newest development (pun intended??). Pearce says that Chamberlain has no intention of signing an extension to his current contract, and would be perfectly happy to sit out of the final year of his contract to leave on a free transfer next summer.
That particular scenario won’t benefit Liverpool, though, and with this latest development, Arsenal might now be more amenable to listening to offers for Chambo. They had previously rejected any offers for the midfielder, in the hopes that he would extend his contract, but now that seems to have gone by the wayside. Considering the potential and skill of a player like Chambo, Arsenal would surely be looking to make some money off that move, rather than let him go freely.
While boss Jürgen Klopp has been interested in the midfielder for his pace and versatility, his main concern is where would he get the minutes. Even with the wealth of matches coming our way (if we qualify), Chamberlain would be joining an already stacked midfield - and he made it pretty clear earlier in the year that he wanted to play centrally. Depth would be great, no one is denying that, but it’s the age-old question - what matches would a player like him be willing to sit out?
There’s no denying that his skill set and experience would be an asset to the club, especially at only 23 and an eagerness to learn under Klopp. If it happens, and it’s a pretty big if.