No punishment for Liverpool as bid was rejected for Arsenal star

Afternoon Bulletin

Madger Gomes joins Leeds after Liverpool release

Leeds United have snapped up young midfielder Madger Gomes after the Spaniard was released by Liverpool at the end of the season. The 2o-year-old penned a three-year deal and is understood that he will initially link up with the club’s Under 23s side, with a view to training with the first team during pre-season.

Gomes said: ‘I’m really excited and happy to start life with Leeds United, I hope to have a good season here.

‘Hopefully, I will get a chance to progress and make the first team as my dream is to play professionally.’

Gomes initially arrived at Anfield from Villarreal back in 2014 but struggled to make an impact on the first team under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool’s £25m move for unsettled midfielder rejected

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal have rejected Liverpool’s £25m approach for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but the English midfielder won’t sign a new deal unless he received assurances that he’s a key part of Arsene Wenger’s plans.

Since joining Arsenal in 2011 from Southampton, Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to progress and has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place in recent years.

Having started just 16 Premier League games last season, he’s reluctant to commit his future to the Emirates. This uncertainty has alerted Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp believed to be keen on luring Oxlade-Chamberlain to Anfield and the Mirror claim that the Merseysiders have now made contact with Arsenal chiefs to try and thrash out a £25m deal.

However, the Evening Standard claimed that the Gunners have already rebuffed Liverpool’s approach and are in talks with Oxlade-Chamberlain about a new deal worth in the region of £100,000-a-week.

No punishment for Liverpool over alleged tapping up

Liverpool are set to avoid punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League after numerous reports emerged suggesting the Dutch defender had decided he wanted to join the Merseyside club.

However, with no bid made, Southampton reported to the authorities, prompting an immediate apology from Liverpool which was accepted by the south-coast side, thus ending Liverpool’s interest in the centre-back.

A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton’s claim.

Press Association Sport understands unless new information comes to light there will not be any more progress with the inquiry, effectively allowing Liverpool to avoid a sanction.