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What Liverpool did during Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain negotiations that annoyed Chelsea

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the verge of completing his move from Arsenal to Liverpool for £35 million.

In truth, the whole deal is a bit strange.

Firstly, the relationship between Arsenal and Liverpool in the transfer market is far from friendly - ever since Arsenal’s cheeky £40 + £1 bid for Luis Suarez in 2013.

And according to Sky Sports, Oxlade-Chamberlain rejected an offer of £180,000-per-week at the Emirates to sign a six-year deal at Liverpool worth £125,000-per-week. That sort of attitude has to be applauded.

But there was another club keen to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain - Chelsea.

On Monday, it seemed as though the midfielder would be swapping north London for west London after they agreed a £40 million deal.

But he turned down a lucrative contract at the champions and waited for Jurgen Klopp to make their move.

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And, according to the Mirror, Chelsea are furious at Liverpool for their actions.

They feel they have “been played” by Liverpool to try and force Arsenal to sell them Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It was Arsenal’s preference to sell to Chelsea rather than Liverpool as they believed Klopp’s side were more of a direct rival in the Premier League.

And after the north Londoners decided to sell him and agreed a fee with Chelsea for the player, Liverpool made sure he rejected the deal by promising to play him in midfield. It left Arsenal with nowhere to go as they couldn’t keep a player that they had told could leave.

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It meant Liverpool could swoop for the England international, leaving both Arsenal and Chelsea licking their wounds.

So Klopp’s men have signed their transfer target whilst annoying Chelsea in the meantime.

A win-win situation.

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