Manchester United linked with bizarre £10m move for Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Manchester United have been linked with a surprising £10m move for want-away Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to talkSPORT, the Red Devils would be ‘seriously interested’ in signing the England international this summer if our bitter rivals were willing to accept a cut-price £10m deal.
The 28-year-old is ‘desperate’ to leave Anfield this summer having started only nine Premier League games this season.
Following the departures of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard this summer, incoming manager Erik ten Hag finds himself short of midfield options.
Although Ten Hag looks to be focused on reuniting with Frenkie de Jong this summer, the former Ajax manager may be eyeing up alternatives or possibly even partners for the player he managed in Amsterdam.
Manchester United linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Its very rare for Manchester United and Liverpool to enter transfer negotiations with one and other – just ask Gabriel Heinze, but Oxlade-Chamberlain could join the likes of Paul Ince and Michael Owen who have both played for the two biggest clubs in England.
Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in signing Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton in 2011 but the midfielder opted to sign for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal instead.
Speaking via the Mail in January 2011, Fergie said: “Alex Chamberlain is only young but he has potential.”
Following his £15m move to the Gunners from the Saints in August 2011, Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to make 198 appearances for the north London side.
In August 2017, Liverpool paid Arsenal £35m to bring the athletic midfielder to Anfield and the 35-time England international has made 133 appearances for the red half of Merseyside, scoring 17 goals and providing 15 assists.
Liverpool’s number 15 has suffered some serious injuries throughout his career and with his contract at Anfield expiring next summer, an agreed fee between the two clubs could prove relatively easy to come by.
Oxlade-Chamberlain would certainly be a wildcard option for Ten Hag, but for a reported £10m – he could prove to be a masterstroke or a flop.