Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to leave the club as a free agent at the end of this season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out of contract in the summer, and Liverpool have decided not to renew his deal. A report from Daily Mail claims that Aston Villa and Newcastle United are keen on signing the 29-year-old midfielder at the end of the season.
Unai Emery needs to add more depth to his midfield. And Oxlade-Chamberlain could prove to be a quality acquisition if he manages to stay fit. The 29-year-old has been a useful player for Liverpool since joining the club from Arsenal. But his time at Anfield has been played with injuries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has not been able to fulfil his potential because of persistent injury problems. The 29-year-old will be hoping for better luck on the injury front in the coming seasons. Meanwhile, Newcastle United need to add more depth to their midfield as well. The Liverpool player can operate anywhere across the midfield, and his versatility will be an added bonus.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will add drive, flair and creativity from the midfield. He can chip in with goals as well. The Magpies are clearly lacking in depth in the middle of the park and they have been overly dependent on Bruno Guimaraes this season.
They are in the race to secure Champions League qualification for the next season. And Newcastle will need a deeper squad in order to compete across multiple competitions. Signing the Liverpool player on a free transfer would not only beef up their midfield options. But it would also allow them to invest the money into the other areas of the squad as well.
The 29-year-old will be hoping to get his career back on track with regular football in the coming seasons. And it remains to be seen whether Aston Villa and Newcastle can convince him to join them. Signing a player of his quality on a free transfer seems like a no-brainer. But it will be interesting to see where he ends up eventually.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will have to bring in quality replacements for players like him and Naby Keita. The two players are set to move on as free agents, and they are unlikely to have any shortage of suitors at the end of the season.