By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have been given permission to sign Arsenal’s dazzling forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with just over 24 hours of the transfer window left, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed via their website that the Gunners have given the Reds the green-light to bring in the 24-year-old right-winger despite the bad blood between the two clubs over transfers in the past.
Oxlade-Chamberlain himself is also said to favour a move to Liverpool even though Chelsea agreed a £40million deal for him, as he believes he will play a midfield role at Anfield, rather than a wing-back position at Stamford Bridge.
The versatile midfielder is also into the final year of his contract in north London and it it said that he has turned down an offer of a huge £180,000-a-week to stay at the Emirates.
This is reported to have led to Arsenal deciding they want to move him on this window, rather than risk allowing him to leave on a free next summer.
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal back in 2011 for a then big £15million from Southampton after starring in League One and he has since played in 198 matches for the Gunners, scoring 20 times and returning 32 assists.
Football Insider verdict:
It is hard to see where Oxlade-Chamberlain will fit into the Liverpool side if he is keen to play in the centre of midfield, as James Milner once claimed helped his decision to move to Anfield two years a go. However, if played as a winger then the 27-time England international could be very effective in Jurgen Klopp’s team. The Reds will need a squad to be able to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League this season and while Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the same quality as either of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah he will certainly prove worthy backup and step in well for the side when necessary. This deal looks like it’s just a matter of when it will happen, rather than if now.
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