Liverpool have agreed a £35m fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The midfielder turned down a move to Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge club came to terms on a fee with Arsenal.
And that rejection has allowed Liverpool to swoop for a long-term transfer target. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s medical will take place at St. George’s Park.
The versatile midfielder is training with England ahead of Friday’s clash against Malta
It represents a shift in dynamic between the two clubs. They had a frosty relationship following Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez in 2013.
Believing Suarez’s release clause was £40million, the Gunners tabled a cheeky offer of £40m plus £1 in a move that infuriated Liverpool.
With that in mind, Arsenal would have preferred to sell to Chelsea — but the former Southampton player rejected a £35m move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
As a result, Arsenal softened their stance and opened discussions with Liverpool.
England manager Gareth Southgate is open to Oxlade-Chamberlain travelling to Malta amid the uncertainty over his future.
Oxlade-Chamberlain started Arsenal’s game against Liverpool, which they went onto lose 4-0
The two clubs have a frosty relationship following Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez in 2013