Reports this afternoon say that Liverpool have opened talks with Arsenal over a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Earlier, the 24 year old rejected a move to Chelsea over fears he wouldn’t be played in his preferred central midfield role, with his preference to move to Anfield rather than Stamford Bridge.
Although the reigning champions haven’t yet given up hope of doing the deal, it appears as if the Ox must have had some assurances from Jurgen Klopp about where he’d play if he joined the Merseysiders.
The issue now remains the fee, with an opening £30m bid from Liverpool reportedly rejected as Chelsea’s offer came closer to £40m.
We’re not very good at the whole negotiating thing though, and given there’s so little time left in the transfer window we may be forced into accepting a lower bid rather than face the prospect of losing him on a free next summer.
In fact, the Times are reporting that we’ve told the England international he is no longer wanted at the club, which is hardly giving us the strongest hand as we try and sell him.
We’ll have a transfer deadline day live blog on the site tomorrow, so you can follow all the outs and ins (haha) and we’re already getting in the supplies for what promises to be a long, long day.