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Liverpool can axe Oxlade-Chamberlain with swoop for Vitinha

Jurgen Klopp has begun the summer transfer window quite well, as Liverpool have signed Fabio Carvalho from Fulham and also landed Darwin Nunez from Benfica in a club-record £85m deal.

With the club also very close to announcing Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay as their third summer signing, it’s clear that the Reds manager is adding some much-needed youth into the squad at Anfield.

Given these incoming transfers, it looks likely that there will be a few players leaving Merseyside over the next few weeks, with one midfielder already being linked with a departure from Liverpool.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a surprise move to Premier League rivals Manchester United, and with the player earning £125k-p/w, Klopp may be be keen to get him off the wage bill.

With a WhoScored rating of 6.56, the player ranks a lowly joint-23rd in the Liverpool squad following a poor season which has seen him fall down the pecking order at Anfield.

Klopp could replace the 28-year-old with a deal for Porto midfielder Vitinha, who impressed for the Portuguese champions last term.

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News outlet O Jogo (via Sport Witness) reported in April that Liverpool were linked with a move for the player, whose release clause of €40m (£34m) would be well within Klopp’s budget.

Vitinha has some Premier League experience under his belt following a stint at Wolves in 2020/21, featuring in 19 top-flight matches.

Porto manager Sergio Conceição has lauded him as “fabulous” following a victory last season which propelled Porto to yet another league title, with the 22-year-old contributing two goals and three assists.

Vitinha displayed his attacking attributes throughout the campaign, registering 2.48 shots per match, higher than Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 2.41. He also proved his defensive worth by winning 31 tackles, 17 more than the Liverpool midfielder, and making 4.5 times as many interceptions (36 to eight).

These figures clearly show that signing the Porto midfielder would be a shrewd move from the Reds, especially for the price quoted, as he could well be a major upgrade on Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It appears that Klopp has a few more big decisions to make during this summer’s transfer window.

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Article title: Liverpool can axe Oxlade-Chamberlain with swoop for Vitinha

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