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Aston Villa interested in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Aston Villa are believed to be plotting a move for England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as Liverpool name their price for the midfielder.

What’s the word?

As per the Mirror, the Midlands side have been put on ‘red alert’ with the Merseyside outfit seemingly ready to cash in on the 28-year-old, with just a year remaining on his existing deal at Anfield.

The report suggests that the FA Cup winners are set to demand a fee of around £10m this summer, having initially signed the 35-cap international on a £35m deal from Premier League rivals Arsenal back in 2017.

The report goes on to add that Villa boss Steven Gerrard is an ‘admirer’ of the £125k-per-week playmaker, albeit with West Ham United also keeping tabs on the situation as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad ahead of another European adventure next term.

Coutinho 2.0

It would appear that Gerrard is once again set to try and use his Reds connections to try and strike a deal this summer, having already plucked former teammate Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona in January – with the Brazilian having since signed on a permanent deal.

Although the possible arrival of Oxlade-Chamberlain may not appear quite as high profile as that of the former £142m man, it would certainly be another illustration of the remarkable pulling power that the Villa Park outfit possesses at present.

Aside from Coutinho, the club have already snapped up highly-rated youngster Boubacar Kamara on a free transfer from Marseille, while the latest indication is that they are also plotting an ambitious move for Sevilla’s Diego Carlos.

Would Oxlade-Chamberlain be a success at Villa?

Yes!

Yes!

Not for me!

Not for me!

In what could be a significant summer for a side that only three years ago were plying their trade in the second tier, a ready-made Premier League arrival such as Oxlade-Chamberlain could prove to be a low-key masterstroke.

The former Gunners man has been hampered by injuries in recent times, although in full flow he is undoubtedly a real asset, having previously been dubbed “unreal” by football writer Joel Rabinowitz.

Pundit Rio Ferdinand has also previously suggested that the £16.2m-rated midfielder “offers something totally different” in the centre of the park, with his ability to “dribble past people” making him a real, valuable commodity.

Despite previously admitting his desire to play regularly in midfield, the Portsmouth-born monster also offers invaluable versatility to any potential new club, having featured all across the front three under Jurgen Klopp, as well as in a wing-back role on occasion during his time at the Emirates.

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Like Coutinho, he also provides a wealth of experience at the elite level having tasted glory both domestically and in Europe, while he could well add a second Champions League winner’s medal this weekend.

Gerrard has already seen the benefit of bringing in one former Liverpool man, he could well be about to enjoy a similar success story again.

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