Liverpool are reportedly prepared to let go of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the January transfer window.
According to a report from Football Insider, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered to Southampton. It will be interesting to see if his former club are willing to sign the 29-year-old Liverpool midfielder in the January transfer window.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, and he needs to leave the club in order to play regular first-team football. The Liverpool outcast could get that opportunity at Southampton.
The Saints were reportedly keen on signing the player previously, and it remains to be seen whether they are prepared to reignite their interest in him. Moving to mid-table Premier League club might be what the doctor ordered for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has also benefitted from such a move.
The English midfielder will be a free agent at the end of this season, and the Saints might look to wait until the summer and then sign him for free. Liverpool are probably hoping to sell him midway through the season, so they can recoup some money for him.
The 29-year-old was an instant hit at Anfield following his move from Arsenal. But then his career was plagued with injuries. Oxlade-Chamberlain has not been able to play for extended spells for a while now, and it makes sense for Liverpool to move him on and invest in a player that can contribute significantly in the long run.
As for the player, he could look to get his career back on track with regular football at the South Coast during the second half of the season. Liverpool decided against selling Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer. But the time might have come to move him on.
Liverpool are in need of a midfield overhaul, and Oxlade-Chamberlain might not be the only player out of the door in January. Naby Keita is nearing the end of his contract at the club, and he could be sold as well if he refuses to sign an extension. It will be interesting to see how the situation develops.
The Reds are in need of midfield reinforcements, and they have been linked with players like Jude Bellingham. The Englishman would be a considerable upgrade on Oxlade-Chamberlain if the Reds can pull off his signing.