Manchester United target Adam Lallana has been reported to prefer a move to United’s long time rivals Liverpool
Lallana, 25, has had a terrific season so far and has continuously been part of speculation linking him to a move away from St. Mary’s. The Southampton midfielder was also called into Roy Hodgson’s England squad and is likely to be heading with his country to Brazil.
Daily Mail reveals that the midfielder prefers a move to league leaders Liverpool, ahead of Manchester United. It has been reported that United were preparing a £55m bid for Lallana and Shaw and were on course to complete the double deal with Southampton before the World Cup.
When asked about all the speculation surrounding him after the Everton game, he said that he would plan his future in the summer and just remained focused on the remaining two games:
“I just want to concentrate on the last two games of the season and then we’ll sit down in the summer and see what happens.I just want to enjoy my football, that’s when I’m at my happiest – when I’m playing well. Playing in a great youthful team like this, I feel like one of the experienced players nowadays.”
Southampton manager Pochettino also remained silent on the matter:
“I don’t really think it’s the right moment right now to be talking about the future”
It is reported that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will make an opening bid of around £15m for Lallana and would be willing to double the 25 year old’s £35,000-a-week earnings. However, with the player’s growing reputation, the fact that he is Southampton’s captain and with the amount of clubs chasing him, his price would most certainly go up.
The Englishman is a clever player who is accurate with his quick short passes. He can score goals himself along with setting up his teammates to do it. He moves forward with finese and possesses an eye catching dribbling skill. Lallana would fit well in Liverpool’s system probably playing behind striker duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. However, with the resurgence of Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, the Southampton captain would have to be willing to even start a few games from the bench, if he is indeed adamant about a move to the Merseyside club.
The England international has been in brilliant form this season for Southampton, scoring nine goals and assisting six and has made his way into the PFA Team of the Year for his consistency over the course of the season.
Tottenham and Arsenal have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who would most certainly leave the Saints in the summer, with the amount of clubs chasing him.
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