On Tuesday, Arsenal and Chelsea agreed a deal to take Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Stamford Bridge for £40M but the player refused the move, waiting for a Liverpool bid that he hoped would arrive. Earlier today Liverpool granted that wish and moved to open negotiations with Arsenal.
Now it appears an agreement between Liverpool and Arsenal has been reached, with the player’s agency sending out to social media that the deal was done. Assuming it’s not a rogue intern run amok, it’s likely official confirmation of the transfer will follow in relatively short order.
Oxlade-Chamberlain signed with Arsenal in 2011 from Southampton, with the Gunners beating out Liverpool to the talented youngster’s signature, but in seven seasons at The Emirates the player has failed to live up to the expectations he brought with him when he first signed on.
He moves to Liverpool now—in a deal expected to end up costing anywhere between £30-35M but in any case for a fee less than the £40M Chelsea bid—after 198 Arsenal appearances and 20 goals in all competitions and will be expected to play multiple roles for Jürgen Klopp.
Part of the player’s desire to move to Liverpool was driven by wanting to play in midfield and on the wing rather than at wingback, a position that he feared he would be asked to play regularly if he did end up at Chelsea or remained at Arsenal.