Liverpool sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal
Liverpool have completed the $45 million transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had his medical and agreed personal terms while on international duty with England ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Malta on Friday.
The Ox has signed a five-year deal for a reported $150,000 a week, as he is said to have turned down a new $230,000 a week deal at Arsenal to move to Anfield.
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In a statement Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed his excitement at joining Liverpool but his focus remains on the Three Lions.
Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer after Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke, while Jurgen Klopp broke Liverpool’s transfer record to sign Naby Keita for $71.2 million with the RB Leipzig midfielder to arrive next summer.
Klopp was happy to land Oxlade-Chamberlain and hinted that no decision has been made about where Oxlade-Chamberlain will line up on the pitch as the Ox is said to prefer a central midfield role.
“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen,” Klopp said. “He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better - and that excites me. This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.”