Liverpool are reportedly considering making a January bid for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they look at ways to sustain their Premier League title bid.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have made an impressive start through the first half of the campaign, as they sit six points behind league leaders Chelsea after 18 games.
In order to maintain their push for the trophy though they will need to add quality where possible, and The Guardian report that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be the man that fits the bill.
It won’t be straight-forward for the two clubs to do business given their history though, namely after the fiasco over Luis Suarez which did real damage to relations between the two Premier League giants.
As a result, Arsenal may not be overly enthused about talking transfers with Liverpool, who are desperate to add quality and depth in the attacking positions in particular with the likes of Danny Ings and Philippe Coutinho injured while Sadio Mane will be away at the Africa Cup of Nations next month.
Nevertheless, the Guardian suggest that while Arsenal signed Oxlade-Chamberlain for £12m in 2011 from Southampton, his valuation in today’s market could mean he’s worth between £20m-£25m, and so Klopp will have to dig deep if he wishes to add the England international to his Liverpool squad.
The 23-year-old has scored six goals in all competitions so far this season, and has shown signs of maturity and consistency this season after cutting a frustrated figure since his arrival in north London.
As noted in the report, Arsene Wenger has recently reiterated that he wants the England forward to stay and sign a new contract, but it remains to be seen whether or not the lack of regular first-team football forces the former Southampton starlet to consider his future and a move to Anfield.