Report: Liverpool prioritise new deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rather than pursuing Nicolas Pepe

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool behind the scenes on May 23, 2019 in Marbella, Spain.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Lille ace all summer long.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool during a training session on February 12, 2019 in Marbella, Spain.

According to a report from the London Evening Standard, Liverpool are prioritising a new contract for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rather than pursuing a deal for Lille ace Nicolas Pepe.

The Reds were believed to be in the market for a new forward, with French publication L'Equipe reporting that £71 million-rated Pepe, 24, is one of their prime summer transfer targets.

 

Now the London Evening Standard suggest that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has full faith in the Ox, however, and is preparing to extend his current £120,000 per week contract (Spotrac) by a further 12 months.

Good decision by the Reds?

Pepe enjoyed a great season will Lille, racking up an impressive 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Lille on December 4, 2018 at the the Mosson stadium in...

£71 million does seem to be a lot of money for Liverpool to spend on someone who is unproven in the Premier League, however, and it could actually be argued that the Ivorian is no better than Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 25-year-old has only just returned from a serious injury, and if he can rediscover his best form, he will undoubtedly be an important player for Liverpool next season, and could save the Merseyside club millions in the transfer market.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrate their sides first goal scored by Mohamed Salah during the Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and...

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