Recent Liverpool departure considering approach from big European outfit to join up with Arsenal flop

Ciaran McCarthy
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain balancing ball on his hand

Former Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is reportedly considering an offer to join Besiktas, while Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe is nearing a move to the Turkish outfit.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of a number of midfielders to have departed Anfield this summer. He left on a free transfer, along with James Milner and Naby Keita.

Since then, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have left for separate Saudi Arabian sides. As yet, only two midfielders have joined, and Jurgen Klopp might well have offered a new deal to one or two of those who departed on a free had he known what was coming this summer.

Rumours have circulated that Oxlade-Chamberlain is of interest to some Saudi sides, too. However, he’s now got an offer on the table from a big European outfit, Besiktas.

The Daily Mail reports the Englishman is ‘considering an offer’ to join the Turkish side, who are in the qualifying stages of the Europa Conference League – just one step down from the European competition Liverpool will play in this season.

The midfielder has reportedly been offered a two-year contract by Besiktas, with the option to stay for a third year. Besiktas last won the Turkish Super Lig in 2020/21, and are attempting to compile a side that will guide them to glory this season.

Indeed, they’re also reportedly keen on Arsenal winger Pepe. It has been suggested by one outlet that his contract with the Gunners has been terminated, and that he’s ‘very close’ to making the move to Besiktas.

That follows reports that Pepe was a top target of the club’s. If he is to have his contract terminated, it’ll be a massive bonus for Besiktas.

Indeed, the Ivorian cost the Gunners £72million in 2019, and they would be able to get him for free in that scenario. If they are to sign him alongside Oxlade-Chamberlain, they’ll be getting two players with a lot of quality.

While they might not have shown it all too often of late, a move to a side with a huge fanbase, in new surroundings, could be what’s needed to get the best out of the pair.

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