Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Premier League rivals Liverpool in a £25million deal, reports say.
The England international has grown frustrated at the Emirates with the north London outfit failing to secure his services on a longer – and more lucrative – deal.
While Premier League champions Chelsea and Manchester City have expressed interest in the 23-year-old, the Independent say Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this summer.
Klopp is a known admirer of the versatile midfielder and hopes to bolster his squad with at least three more signings following confirmation of the club’s move for Egypt international Mohamed Salah.
The Gunners have come around to the idea of selling Oxlade-Chamberlain amidst a growing pressure to cut their wage bill – new Premier League rules state that clubs’ salary expenditure should not be more than £7m than it was last year.
Arsenal’s wage bill is expected to rise significantly as the club look to strike deals with influential duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The club will therefore be forced to save money through player sales and it is claimed Olivier Giroud could follow Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the exit door in the coming months.
West Ham have signalled interest in the 30-year-old talisman but a return to France appears more likely with Marseille long-term admirers.
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