Liverpool sign Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
Liverpool have confirmed the transfer of former Arsenal player Alexander Oxlade Chamberlain for a fee of £35,000,000.
The fee of £35 Million was agreed with Arsenal on Wednesday and then Liverpool were free to enter into contract negotiations with the player. Oxlade Chamberlain would happily sign a contract reported to be worth £120,000 per week over a period of 6 years. He completed a medical test and passed with everything that makes this official all being concluded by the time the Transfer Deadline Day came around. By midnight tonight the Transfer Window will have closed and with only several hours left until that happens, it seems Oxlade Chamberlain will be the final signing of the summer for Liverpool.
Oxlade Chamberlain spent his early days in Southampton’s youth squad. From 2000 to 2010 he spent a decade gathering experience as one of their youth players. He would in 2010 sign a full professional contract and be promoted to their full squad by the time he was just 17 years old. That season, Oxlade Chamberlain would score 9 goals in 36 appearances and assisted Southampton in gaining promotion to the Championship league also being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. Transfer speculation would start exploding all over the world about him and Arsenal it seemed were ready to confirm their interest in the player. Interest turned into a real bid reportedly worth £12M and then he would be a Southampton player no longer. On 8th August 2011, it was announced that Oxlade Chamberlain had signed for Premier League club Arsenal.
At the end of his first season in the Premier League, Oxlade Chamberlain was nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year, already impressing his peers and showing his quality in the top English football league. It was clear that he could compete at any level now.
Oxlade Chamberlain would continue to play in over 130 appearances for Arsenal and scored 9 goals for the London club.
Also an international star that saw him appear for his country at a very young age as he received a surprise call-up to the England squad for UEFA Euro 2012, becoming the second youngest player ever to represent England in the European Championships behind Wayne Rooney.
One of the reasons he’s wanted to depart from Arsenal is that they started to use him as a wing back instead of his natural attacking midfielder position. It’s highly likely he will want to keep his role as an attacking midfielder and compete in Premier League and Champions League football while displaying his talents in this particular area. He made a statement to his former club expressing that this is an important part of his development as a player.
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.
If he is to be picked and used by Jurgen Klopp for the first team right away then Liverpool’s next five matches would see Oxlade Chamberlain go up against Manchester City, Sevilla, Burnley and Leicester in a variety of competitions so he would start to gather opportunities for proving himself to our club and fans right away in some different ways.
We welcome you to Liverpool football club, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE!
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.