Welcome to the Liverpool.com daily Media Digest. From transfers to tweets, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the Anfield sphere. Credible, incredible and anything in between: we round it all up in one place here, taking a sideways look at the day’s media goings-on from around the world.
Oxlade-Chamberlain placed on transfer list
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been told he can find a new club this summer, according to a report in the Mirror.
Liverpool will still only sell if there is sufficient and appropriate interest, but they are said to be willing to entertain bids. Nor is there likely to be any shortage of suitors: West Ham are keen on bringing the player back to London, while Steven Gerrard is eager to continue constructing his Liverpool-lite in the Midlands.
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Signed from Arsenal for £ 35m in 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain will ultimately go down as a rare FSG misstep. However, he has had his moments in a Liverpool shirt, and has gone through spells of being one of the first names on the team sheet. If the club can indeed recoup in excess of. 10m, as hoped, it would be far from a disastrous five-year spell.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s current deal with Liverpool expires in 2023. Should he be sold, he would be the first among this awkward contract group to have his future resolved.
Liverpool trio pledge futures
Liverpool fans have not yet got the news they crave when it comes to the contract situations of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. However, in a flurry of interviews, there has at least been some encouraging news.
First, in a press conference ahead of the Champions League final, Salah said that he would ‘for sure’ be at the club next season. Of course, that could still mean running his deal down, but keeping hold of the Egyptian until he is at least 31 still represents encouraging news. It also gives FSG more time to sort the contract. Kylian Mbappé is proof that an impasse can be bridged at the last minute.
Then, it was the turn of Firmino to speak up. In an interview with Brazilian outlet TNT, he declared his happiness at Liverpool and his desire to stay.
There was to be no completion of the hattrick from Mané, who somewhat ominously declared that he would answer questions about his future following the conclusion of the Champions League final. However, a third Liverpool player did commit his future to the club.
At just 19, Harvey Elliott has well over a decade ahead of him. In an interview with Beanyman Sports (via RTK), he has expressed his desire to spend that whole time at Liverpool, provided he continues to show the required level:
“Who knows what the future will hold? Hopefully, I’m here for the rest of my life but it’s down to me to make sure that I’m capable of playing for them. I’ll work as hard as I can and do what I can to make sure that happens. ”
Gavi possibility grows
Speaking of young talents, Barcelona have some prodigious prospects on their hands at the Camp Nou. Most of them have been signed to renewals with bumper release clauses, but one star is conspicuous by his absence from this set: Gavi.
Much-linked with Liverpool, the 17-year-old can be signed for £ 42.5m, due to the existing clause in his contract. Perhaps even more relevant, that deal expires in the summer of 2023, at which point Gavi will become a free agent. There is a pressing need to either agree an extension or make a sale, particularly given Barcelona’s financial situation.
Spanish outlets have been giving updates on the situation, as conveyed by the Paisley Gates. Liverpool are said to be among a group of suitors including Chelsea, Bayern Munich, PSG… and Everton. Barcelona president Joan Laporta had this to say:
“He has an offer for a long time and we still have no news that he has accepted it. This situation hurts us because we do not understand it. He is a 17-year-old boy, with a magnificent present and future at Barça; and we do not understand what his representative is playing at. ”
“Our proposal, within our salary levels, is more than acceptable. Now it turns out that his agent is comparing and delaying the decision. I do not like it ”.
As long as Gavi does not find the offer acceptable, the prospect of a transfer grows. Liverpool will certainly want to be in the conversation.