Aston Villa could miss out on signing former Liverpool and Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to The Mirror.
The newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (3 August, page 52) that the 29-year-old midfielder, who’s a free agent after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season, has held talks over a move to Besiktas.
It is understood that Besiktas are ready to make Oxlade-Chamberlain their “highest-earning player” in order to beat off competition from both Aston Villa and Brentford.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move to Aston Villa for some time now.
And if there’s one thing to learn about the Villans’ transfer approach this summer, it’s that if they want a player, they get it done swiftly.
Youri Tielemans was snapped up on a free transfer before his contract at Leicester had even expired and there was minimal fuss over the club-record signing of Moussa Diaby.
The deal for Pau Torres dragged out a bit but that was mainly due to the now-former Villarreal defender being on his honeymoon with his wife.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with the Villans since June with Alan Hutton speaking to Villa News about the ex-England international earlier this summer.
“It would be a free transfer but he’s still at an age where he’s got a lot of football in him,” said the former Villa right-back.
“I think with his club and international experience, he can instantly make the squad stronger.
“If Aston Villa can get that done, Unai Emery will be very happy.”
While Oxlade-Chamberlain would add a lot of experience to the Villa squad, it’s hard to see how he gets more than just a bit-part role in Unai Emery’s plans.
He’ll be the star man in Turkey with Besiktas so we expect that to be more likely at this stage.
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