Liverpool have completed the $45 million transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had his medical and agreed personal terms while on international duty with England ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Malta on Friday.
The Ox has signed a five-year deal for a reported $150,000 a week, as he is said to have turned down a new $230,000 a week deal at Arsenal to move to Anfield.
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In a statement Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed his excitement at joining Liverpool but his focus remains on the Three Lions.
“I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, 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,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I’m not going to say too much today; 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 and you’ll hear first from me on LFCTV.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer after Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke, while Jurgen Klopp broke Liverpool’s transfer record to sign Naby Keita for $71.2 million with the RB Leipzig midfielder to arrive next summer.
Klopp was happy to land Oxlade-Chamberlain and hinted that no decision has been made about where Oxlade-Chamberlain will line up on the pitch as the Ox is said to prefer a central midfield role.
“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen,” Klopp said. “He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me. This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.”