By Noel Whelan

13th Jun, 2022 | 12:37pm

Man United backed to seal 'bargain' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deal after journalist's update - pundit

Noel Whelan has backed Man United to seal a “bargain” deal for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker believes the 28-year-old could bring some much needed “backbone” to the Red Devils midfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Anfield.

According to talkSPORT‘s Alex Crook (10 June), Man United are plotting a surprise bid for the centre-midfielder this summer.

The Reds are said to be willing to accept a knockdown fee of £10million for the ex-Arsenal star.

Football Insider understands (11 June) Aston Villa are also interested in Oxlade Chamberlain.

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Whelan suggested £10million is a price worth paying for both clubs.

“It would be a very smart move for very smart money,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“If that is what you are going to be paying out for a player of his quality it’s nothing, let’s be honest. I go back to the relationship that he has with [Jurgen] Klopp.

“When you look at it, Man United have been lacking a player of that quality and character in the middle of the park. He would bring personality and backbone to the side. We haven’t seen much backbone from Man United players and that is something they need more of.

“Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves everything out there in the 90 minutes.

“For £10million it is a bargain.”

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