Liverpool have completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal on a five-year deal.
The midfielder underwent a medical at England’s base at St. George’s Park after a fee (believed to be worth around £40m in total) was agreed between the two clubs on Wednesday afternoon.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 31, 2017
Chelsea thought they had secured Oxlade-Chamberlain’s signature earlier this week when they agreed a fee with Arsenal for his services, but his concerns over where he would be played by Antonio Conte led to his hesitation and ultimate rejection of the offer to move across London. Having rejected that, the Gunners made it clear to the 24-year-old that they would be looking to offload him rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer, thus opening the door for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool to get a player they had been tracking for some time.
Interestingly, multiple reports have suggested that the former Southampton man will be earning around £120,000 per week over the course of the five years – less than the offer from Chelsea, and less than Arsenal’s final offer to his representatives.
It promises to be a busy deadline day for the Reds despite this deal already being over the line, with a number of transfers (in both directions) set to be completed before that window closes.
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