With social media taking a much wider role in world football than previously anticipated, deals can be made or broken just by one post over any platform. Players are more active than ever, and even a slight hint of a move can put pressure on the club by the fans to complete the deal.
Daniel Sturridge recently liked an Instagram post which had a photo of Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain alongside the Liverpool duo of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. The post by “garry_lfc,” which said “So u coming to #Liverpool Alex? would be a smart move lad… #Ynwa” was quick to be spotted by the Twitterati, with Sturridge’s like on it.
The Arsenal winger, who recently rejected a contract extension offered by the club, has been Jurgen Klopp’s transfer target for some time now. Many wrote it off as an attempt to improve his terms of contract.
The price tag currently set for the player is around £25 million. With him being only 23 years old, and having one year left in his contract, the estimated value is for once a fair one, considering the hyper-inflated English transfer market.
He would also be an appropriate fit for Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp’s love for speed in his formation would suit the English player very well. He can play in most midfield positions, including the central midfield, and either side of the wings as well.
Liverpool are not the only club in the market for the lad though. Manchester City are also told to be interested in the player, and Pep Guardiola has already made serious gains in Bernardo Silva and Ederson.
The winger finally got a permanent first team spot last season, when Arsene chose to play 3 in the back line. But with only one year left on his contract, and Alex not displaying a keen interest to continue playing for the club, Arsenal might choose to ignore his wage demands of £100,000-a-week.
This transfer season has seen clubs declare their transfers in innovative ways, involving social media. John Terry’s recent move to Aston Villa was unveiled by the club using Whatsapp in their post. Liverpool also used twitter in their unveiling of Mohamed Salah in their video, where he was seen scrolling through tweets by Liverpool fans wanting to see him in their jersey.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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