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Liverpool okay £35-M deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain after he says `no’ to Chelsea


Liverpool gave the go-signal for Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to join them.

On Wednesday, the Reds nodded in approval for a £35-million deal to pave the way for the player’s switch to Anfield.

The salary would have been a club record for Liverpool, but the club have agreed to acquire in RB Leipzig central playmaker Naby Keita next summer for £48 million.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s relocation to Liverpool came after he thumbed down a Chelsea bid of £180,000 per week pay a day earlier.

His management company, Colossal Sports Management, tweeted that they had a “deal agreed’’ for one of their clients to join Liverpool, although he was not named.

Among other reasons why Alex chose Liverpool is the fact that he believes he will have more chances to operate in his favoured midfield role under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The England international is expected to have his medical at St. George’s Park ahead of sealing a five-year deal with the Reds.

So far in the Premier League this season, the 24-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain has started each of Arsenal’s four games.

This despite him informing Gunners manager Arsene Wenger he would not be inking a new contract.

For Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain played198 times since joining them from Southampton in August 2011.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is the second player who left Arsenal this week. He followed defender Kieran Gibbs who moved to West Bromwich Albion.

To further reinforce their squad, Liverpool have so far signed winger Mohamed Salah from Roma for £34 million, full-back Andrew Robertson from Hull for £8 million and Reds striker Dominic Solanke after his contract at Chelsea finished.

Aside from them also on the Reds’ radar are Monaco’s £75-million priced winger Thomas Lemar and Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The transfer window closes on Friday.