Liverpool are on the verge of signing Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain from Arsenal ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The two clubs entered into talks for the player on Wednesday after the player made it clear he didn’t want to move to Chelsea, and have now come to a successful conclusion that will see the England international move to Anfield.
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The fee, which the BBC are reporting at £40m but other sources as somewhere between £35m and that figure, is similar to the terms agreed with Chelsea earlier this week before Oxlade-Chamberlain ultimately decided that he would rather play in central midfield at Anfield rather than at right wing back at Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old’s medical is expected to take place at England’s base at St. George’s Park on Wednesday evening and an official announcement could even be made later that night, though that is more likely to happen on Thursday. Personal terms are still to be agreed, but that is thought to be a mere formality ahead of him signing a five-year deal.
Interestingly, Goal’s Melissa Reddy has claimed that talks are ongoing for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. It had been thought by some that Oxlade-Chamberlain was an alternative to the French international, but signing both could be a distinct possibility. Meanwhile, no bid has yet been submitted for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, though that my come within 24 hours.
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