Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain agrees £35m transfer to Liverpool from Arsenal

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Oxlade-Chamberlain is bound for Arsenal.

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Press Association Sport understands the clubs have agreed a deal that will see the England international move to Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had also been a target for Premier League champions Chelsea but it is believed Liverpool was always the player’s preferred destination.

Personal terms will now be discussed with reports suggesting Oxlade-Chamberlain could undergo a medical on Wednesday evening at St George’s Park – where he is currently training with England ahead of their World Cup qualification double-header.

Chelsea had seemingly moved into pole position to land the former Southampton youngster after agreeing their own deal with Arsenal.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool.

The loss of the midfielder will be seen as a blow by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has been adamant in recent weeks that he wants to keep the player at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s hand was weakened by the fact Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contract had less than a year to run and they have decided to cash in for a reported £35m rather than allow him to walk away for free in 2018.

Liverpool are also trying to conclude a club-record deal for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar before the transfer window closes.

The Ligue 1 side are reluctant to sell but their purchase of Lazio winger Keita Balde on Tuesday raised hopes they may be preparing for his departure.

It would likely take a fee in excess of £70million for the highly-rated 21-year-old and reported late interest from Barcelona, who have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, may complicate things further.

Wantaway Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk is also a player Liverpool would be keen to sign should Saints decide to cut their losses on a defender who has yet to play for them this season after insisting he wants to leave.

But having had to publicly withdraw their interest earlier in the summer after allegations of an illegal approach, the Reds would need some encouragement from the south-coast club to make a world-record offer for a defender.

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Profiling Chelsea target Danny Drinkwater as Leicester City midfielder hands in transfer request

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Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has handed in a formal transfer request to the club in a bid to force through a move to Chelsea ahead of Thursday’s transfer window deadline.

The 27-year-old was instrumental in the Foxes’ miracle title triumph two seasons ago, anchoring the midfield and repeatedly finding striker Jamie Vardy with pinpoint long-range passes to set off counter-attacks.

Drinkwater was a product of Manchester United’s academy, although he never made a senior appearance for the club. The Manchester-born midfielder was loaned out several times before he joined Leicester on a permanent transfer in 2012, and has been with the Foxes ever since.

The England international made 190 tackles over the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Premier League seasons, more than any other English player across that time period, and between 2014/15 and 2016/17, he completed more passes (3,638) than than any other Blues player.

Check out our profile of the Chelsea target in the video below:

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Oxlade-Chamberlain & Sterling train with England as club futures remain up in the air

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Two stars on the move: The Ox and Sterling.

England stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling reported for national team training on Wednesday with the spotlight of potential transfers hanging over them.

Arsenal and Chelsea had come to an agreement over Oxlade-Chamberlain, only for the player to reportedly turn down the transfer, as he is said to prefer a move to Liverpool over Chelsea.

Whether the Reds will make an offer Arsenal deem acceptable remains to be seen, although Liverpool are increasingly confident of sealing a deal before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.

Manchester City, meanwhile, were supposedly considering using Sterling as makeweight in a player-plus-cash deal for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, although City manager Pep Guardiola is said to prefer a cash-only deal.

That may not have laid Sterling’s doubts to rest, after the player was said to be bemused by the possibility of being sold by City.

The England duo have been training together on Wednesday while their agents and respective clubs sort out their futures.

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