Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unsure if his future lays with Liverpool and a report suggests the club have doubts too, while West Ham are in ‘pole position’ to sign Arsenal’s most in-form star – all in Tuesday’s Transfer Gossip.
OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN TO PART WAYS?
Two snubs have left Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain considering his future at Anfield, per a report.
Now 28, Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived on Merseyside in 2017 when the Reds splashed out £35m. The ex-Arsenal star was a regular in his first season under Jurgen Klopp, but a serious knee injury late in the campaign ruled him out for the majority of the following season.
He featured heavily in 2019/20, but has since fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara.
Indeed, Oxlade-Chamberlain has not been afforded a single minute of action since March 20. He has been fully fit and available in that time.
Now, the Daily Mail report that snub has left Oxlade-Chamberlain mulling his future. What’s more, Liverpool are seemingly doing the same.
The report states the player ‘fears for his future’ amid the complete drop-off in playing time. Even when Thiago has been rotated, Naby Keita has often been the chosen man to replace the Spaniard.
Liverpool quiet on contract extension
Adding further fuel to the fire is Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract situation.
His current deal is due to expire in 2023. However, the report notes he is yet to hear from the club regarding an extension.
Another cause for concern could be the impending arrival of Fabio Carvalho. The Fulham youngster has wrapped up a deal with the Reds and operated primarily in attacking midfield this season.
Regarding Liverpool’s stance, the club will reportedly adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach. That is seemingly in reference to what level of transfer interest he generates in the summer. The Mail predict such interest to emerge from both within the Premier League and further afield in Europe.
Aside from Carvalho, Liverpool also have promising youngsters Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones on the books.
The writing may already be on the wall for Oxlade-Chamberlain at Anfield.
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