OFFICIAL: Liverpool Announce Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Signing

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The future of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has finally found direction after an agreement with Premier League rivals Liverpool.

This comes after the wantaway English international was set to move to Chelsea, as both clubs had agreed upon a fee, but the player decided to opt for Liverpool. According to various sources, the Reds are paying £35m for Ox, and the fee could rise to £40m.

Ox wanted to move away from Arsenal in order to have a fresh lease of life, and with only a year left on his contract, the Gunners failed to convince him to put pen to paper.

It has also been reported that Chamberlain will be paid about £120,000-a-week by Liverpool in a five-year contract. The sum is relatively less then what Arsenal were willing to offer the player.

Arsene Wenger wanted to keep him at the Emirates, and offered a contract worth up to £180,000-a-week, but it has gone on to show that the player is not moved by money.

 

 

Ox went on to play 198 matches for Arsenal and scored 20 goals during this period. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to get hold of the youngster with his experience in the Premier League. Meanwhile, the club sees him as a long-term replacement for James Milner, and feels he could go on to become a vital force in years to come.

Liverpool are 2nd in the Premier League table with 7 points after 3 matches, after having thrashed Arsenal 4-0 last week. The Merseyside club is considered to be a serious challenger for the title this season, and the deal for Chamberlain goes on to show the depth they are keen to add in order to come out strong against other contenders.

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.

 

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