Liverpool Transfer News: Arsenal Reportedly Agree Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Sale

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 30, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal celebrates his teams victory during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly agreed a £35 million move to Liverpool after turning down Chelsea's approaches.

Goal's Melissa Reddy reported Oxlade-Chamberlain's preference was a move to Anfield over Stamford Bridge, meaning Liverpool look likely to sign the England international before Thursday's transfer deadline:

Melissa Reddy @MelissaReddy_

#LFC agree £35m fee with #Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after he snubbed #CFC.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has operated most recently as a right-wing-back for Arsenal but will be hopeful of returning to a midfield or wing role if he completes a late-summer move to Merseyside.

BBC Sport's David Ornstein wrote that Oxlade-Chamberlain will pen a contract at Anfield running longer than the usual four of five years handed to players, while also delivering news Gunners fans won't want to hear:

David Ornstein @bbcsport_david

Oxlade-Chamberlain to sign 6yr deal with #LFC & becomes Arsenal's all-time record departure fee. Unlikely that #AFC will sign a replacement

Oxlade-Chamberlain possesses many of the hallmarks one would associate with a player favoured by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp and boasts a high work rate to go along with his malleable set of skills.

Although some Arsenal fans might argue whether the 24-year-old has lived up to his potential at the Emirates Stadium, he's also struggled for consistency as a result of being moved into a number of positions across the park.

Arsenal's versatile asset is away on England duty in preparation for Friday's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Malta, although the Daily Mail's Dominic King suggested that won't impede the transfer going through:

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On Oxlade-Chamberlain; talks continue with Liverpool and Arsenal. Should a fee be agreed, medical likely to take place at St George's Park

The fact Oxlade-Chamberlain has come to find a second home as a wing-back under Gunners manager Arsene Wenger could be seen as a testament to his character and a willingness to help the team above all else.

As a north London exit now appears likely, Squawka provided a breakdown of Oxlade-Chamberlain's record in the Premier League, where some will see a tally of nine goals in six seasons as disappointing for an attacking player:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Premier League for Arsenal: 132 games 274 take-ons 158 shots 126 chances created 14 assists 9 goals https://t.co/ldTwqx5Ts4

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be upset should it prove to be true the Englishman turned down the Blues for Liverpool, considering the multitalented midfielder could have held use in the Blues manager's 3-4-2-1 system.

Liverpool are close to boosting their English contingent further with the addition of former Southampton starlet Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will hope to prove under Klopp why he should have received more chances in the capital.


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