Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs for Liverpool

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an Arsenal player no more.

The winger’s six-year spell at the Emirates Stadium came to an end on Thursday as Liverpool concluded a deal that could reach £40m.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “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.

The move comes after Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down the chance to join the Premier League champions, Chelsea.

With one year remaining on his contract at Arsenal, the 24-year-old has been allowed to leave the club, who risked losing him for nothing next summer.

The Gunners can rightfully claim a solid piece of business, commanding a very large fee for a player who has seldom been a guaranteed starter during his time in London.

Liverpool fans will be very excited about their new acquisition, who adds more attacking menace to a side that have already brought in Mohamed Salah this window and clinched an agreement for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta to join next summer.

Liverpool are said to be still pursuing a deal for AS Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, while the insistence remains that they will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona before the transfer deadline closes on Thursday evening.

However, Mamadou Sakho, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi could all leave the club.

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Chelsea agree fee with AS Monaco for Tiemoué Bakayoko

Chelsea have agreed a £39.8m fee with AS Monaco for midfielder  Tiemoué Bakayoko, report the Times.

The 22-year-old midfielder impressed for Monaco last year as the team won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals and Chelsea have been hoping to strike a deal for weeks.

Now the Blues are happy to push ahead with a move despite Bakayoko carrying a niggling knee injury that is likely to rule him out for two months. Chelsea have been assured there should be no long-term issues.

Antonio Conte was frustrated to see Romelu Lukaku move to Manchester United at the beginning of this week but having already signed German defender Antonio Rüdiger from AS Roma, Chelsea are finally making some progress towards building the squad Conte wants for the new season.