The Reds have completed the £35m signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, it has emerged.
By SportBrief Reporter
Liverpool have completed the signing of 24-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the player having passed a medical on Wednesday.
This was after the Gunners accepted Liverpool’s bid for Chamberlain who refused to extend his Emirates contract beyond next summer despite being offered hefty wages of up to £180 000 per week.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has since agreed personal terms on a long-term deal with the Merseysiders, and the transfer was confirmed at 12pm on Deadline Day.
It is understood the fee could eventually reach £40m with appearance-based add-ons. Earlier on, Chelsea had a bid for the England International accepted by the Gunners but Chamberlain rejected the deal as he stated that he had his eyes set on joining the Reds.
Speaking from England’s St George’s Park base, Oxlade-Chamberlain expressed his delight at having signed for the Merseysiders.
“I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help.
“I’m not going to say too much. I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood.”
A post on his Instagram page, addressed to Arsenal fans, read: “After six years, three FA Cup wins and countless incredible memories, the time has come for me to move on from Arsenal.
“I want to publicly thank Arsene Wenger, the coaching and club staff and my amazing team mates for all of the incredible opportunities I have been given. Thank you so much to you, the fans, who have always had my back – I honestly couldn’t be more grateful. The club, and my time here, will always mean a massive amount to me.
“I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and the decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was used at wing-back in his final few months at Arsenal, and it is understood that his desire to establish himself in central midfield was one of the main motivating factors in his departure.