According to The Telegraph, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has become the subject of interest of four Premier League teams including a potential reunion with former Reds manager and current Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
Lallana, 31, is currently in the final year of his Liverpool contract with his present deal set to expire at the end of the season. A queue is formulating for the Englishman as he prepares to leave Anfield on a Bosman deal, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham also monitoring developments ahead of a likely exit with Liverpool unlikely to offer Lallana fresh terms.
The former Southampton player was acquired by former Liverpool manager Rodgers following a £25m [BBC Sport] move from St Mary’s in 2014. The flamboyant style of football at the King Power Stadium and the increasing possibility of Champions League football makes Leicester a realistic contender for his signature in the summer.
However, the report claims that Lallana’s main objective is focused on Liverpool’s present trophy objectives with the club tantalisingly close to claiming a first league title since 1990. He still remains a key player under the English champions-elect having clocked up 19 appearances – scoring once whilst providing two assists.
Klopp has given the former England international his blessing to open negotiations and sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs should he wish, but Lallana is confident he has the luxury of remaining patient whilst simultaneously help the Reds strive for the treble.
Despite interest from other PL parties, Klopp made it clear he would not sanction an early sale of Lallana in January, despite the loss of a transfer fee.
Only niggling injuries have reduced Lallana’s output at Liverpool in recent years. This has proven to be the main hindrance on a player that has proved his quality for the Reds on numerous occasions and will be a major coup for anyone lucky enough to acquire the box-to-box playmaker.
What RTK has to say
Lallana is just what Rodgers needs. The Foxes manager has all the ingredients to finally take Leicester back into the promised lands of the Champions League – but he needs a player to be able to tie it all together in a neat bow. Lallana is that man.
A hard-working, central-midfield base? Check. A number 10 capable of producing magic and combining the aforementioned? This remains the question. With James Madison the subject of interest of a number of PL heavyweights, Rodgers will have to quickly identify replacements should they lose their talisman.
Adding Lallana to the Leicester side is the last piece in Rodgers’ talented jigsaw.