Liverpool ready to pounce as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejects new Arsenal deal

The England midfielder is set for a summer exit having rejected a new deal with Arsenal.

Liverpool ready to pounce as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejects new Arsenal deal
Will Oxlade-Chamberlain make the switch to Liverpool this summer? [Photo via Getty Images]

Liverpool are on high alert after it emerged that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has rejected a fresh contract offer from Arsenal despite the lure of improved terms.

The midfielder has reportedly told the Gunners that he has no intention of signing a new contract and remaining at the Emirates next season, with the England international even prepared to sit out the final year of his current deal and leave on a free next summer.

Liverpool left on high alert after midfielder snubs new Arsenal deal

Having previously spoken of his desire to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain at the club, ​Arsène Wenger ​may not be forced into selling the versatile midfielder with it increasingly unlikely that he will sign fresh terms.

The 23-year-old believes he needs to quit the club in order to advance his career, having struggled to hold down a first-team spot for the North London outfit in recent years, and has turned down a contract believed to be offering him wages in the region of £100,000-a-week.

That will have put Liverpool ​on high alert, with the Reds strongly linked with the ex-Southampton ​player in recent months.

While their initial approach a few months ago was snubbed from Arsenal in the hope he would put pen to paper on a new deal, the Merseyside club are set to try again for the £25 million-rated player.

Klopp a strong admirer of Oxlade-Chamberlain

Having featured in a whole host of positions - central midfield, right wing, left wing and most recently in a right-wing back role, Oxlade-Chamberlain's versatility strongly appeals to Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool are in desperate need of strengthening their squad this summer ahead of a much busier fixture list and Oxlade-Chamberlain's ability to tick a number of boxes would make him the ideal summer recruit.

With his pace, power and eye for a pass, it's clear to see why there is such strong interest from the Reds - though there are no guarantees there will be more substantial playing time on offer at Anfield than Oxlade-Chamberlain currently receives at Arsenal. 

The Englishman's guile and energy both on and off the ball would fit seamlessly into Klopp's high-pressing system and with the player believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside, it is a deal that could well surface in the coming months.

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