Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keeping tabs on Arsenal’s Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain. The ex-Borussia Dortmund man is said to be keen in bringing him to Anfield next year.
Ranked 2nd in the league table, Klopp’s interest in Chamberlain is fueled by the desire to increase their chances of winning the title this season.
Right now, the team trails Chelsea by six points. Having Chamberlain in the squad will give Liverpool’s attacking midfield a boost.
Moreover, this will prevent the squad from overly depending to Sadio Mane, who is also set to leave early next year to represent his country in the prestigious and highly anticipated African Cup of Nation.
Fortunately, it looks like Klopp will not have a hard time convincing the 23-year-old player.
Chamberlain arrived at Arsenal from Southampton on 2011. However, he has yet to experience first-team football most especially when Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez arrived.
The youngster needs to compete to the above-mentioned players and since then, it became even more difficult for him to play for 90 minutes.
This hunger to have more playing minutes is just one of the reasons behind Chamberlain’s easy move to Anfield. Aside from that, his contract is also about to expire in 18 months.
Should the deal pushes through, the fee is estimated to be around £20 to £25M.
Reports have it that a formal bid will be placed on the 1st of January.
Chamberlain proved to be a revelation this season. He has already scored six goals in his 23 appearances. But with his limited chances coupled with his need to improve, he expressed that he might need to go for a move soon.
But while he is eager to transfer to another squad, it looks like he will have a hard time convincing its manager, Arsene Wenger, who believes that he should stay at Emirates instead.