ALEX Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £38m move to Liverpool has netted Saints a bonus £2.3m.

Thanks to a sell-on clause then chairman Nicola Cortese had inserted, Saints received the payment from Arsenal following Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move to Anfield.

The son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain scored ten goals in 42 appearances for Saints before his £15m move to Arsenal six years ago.

He made 115 starts for Arsenal and another 83 appearances as a substitute for the Gunners, scoring 20 goals, and has also won 27 England caps.

Now, after being substituted as Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-0 last weekend, the former Locks Heath cricketer is back at Anfield.

The Gunners had hoped to keep Oxlade-Chamberlain but his reluctance to re-sign forced them to cash in now to avoid losing him on a free transfer next summer.

In a farewell message to Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, wrote on Instagram: “After six years, three FA Cup wins and countless incredible memories, the time has come for me to move on from Arsenal.

“I want to publicly thank Arsene (Wenger), the coaching and club staff and my amazing team mates for all of the incredible opportunities I have been given.

“Thank you so much to you, the fans, who have always had my back - I honestly couldn’t be more grateful. The club, and my time here, will always mean a massive amount to me.

“I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and the decision to leave was tough after being a part of the club for so many years, but I feel that this move is right for the next stage in my ongoing development.”

The deadline-day deal is Liverpool’s second signing of the week after an agreement to bring in midfielder Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig next summer was completed on Tuesday.

He is also the club’s fourth major arrival of this summer’s window after Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed. Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer - and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.

“He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better - and that excites me.

“This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.

“He didn’t make an easy decision but I think he made a great one to go on this journey with this squad of talented boys and our great supporters. I welcome him to the Liverpool family.”

Liverpool, meanwhile, remain adamant playmaker Philippe Coutinho will not be sold to Barcelona.

The club have rejected three bids - the most recent reportedly worth up to £118million - for the Brazilian.

Reports in Spain have claimed Barca have moved again for the 25-year-old but Liverpool - who said earlier this month their “definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered” - insist their position has not changed.