Brighton keen on Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Brighton are keen on signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but a move hinges on Liverpool’s ability to sanction a free transfer.

According to Daily Mail, Brighton are interested in signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this month. The move hangs on Liverpool’s decision to allow him to leave on a free transfer, with the 29-year-old’s contract expiring in the summer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will reflect on his time at Liverpool and rue his injury-related issues. Having joined the club from Arsenal in a big move, the 29-year-old has won multiple trophies, including the UEFA Champions League and Premier League titles.

Fitness issues have largely hindered his development. Jurgen Klopp grew frustrated with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s unavailability when he needed him most. Even this season, he only came back just before the 2022 FIFA World Cup and has featured regularly since the restart.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely depart Liverpool after the season ends and move on a free, with his contract expiring in the summer. There are clubs keen to take him on a Bosman deal, but Brighton remains keen to land him this month.

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The Seagulls are not open to paying a transfer fee for a player with six months left on his contract. Instead, they might ask Liverpool to allow the 29-year-old to depart on a free transfer this month. The Merseysiders might decide as they might weigh in on the player’s importance for the remainder of the season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a regular at the club this season. Since the restart, he has played primarily in a front three where Liverpool have plenty of regulars missing through injury. The likes of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz will return in the coming weeks, which could push the 29-year-old to fight for a midfield place.

Liverpool have their options ready there, and Klopp may not use him in midfield. If he continues to remain on the sidelines, his growth since his injury return may stagnate, which might affect a summer move elsewhere.

Brighton is keen on the 29-year-old as they look for a replacement for Leandro Trossard, who joined Arsenal last week. Oxlade-Chamberlain is not a like-for-like player to the Belgian. He could fill an important void left by the attacker and become useful under Roberto De Zerbi.

Any move away hinges on Liverpool’s decision to allow him to leave on a free transfer this month. Whether that happens remains the question, but Brighton will try their best to get a deal done before the window shuts.

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