According to reports from the Daily Mail, Liverpool have been approached by Leicester City for so0n-to-be out-of-contract midfielder Adam Lallana with the club in contact with the Englishman’s representatives.
Lallana, 31, has been a prominent figure for Liverpool over the past six years since his £25million [BBC Sport] move from Southampton. The England international, though, is out of contract this summer – despite clocking up 175 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.
As a result, he is likely to leave the home of the European champions come the end of the season with the midfielder seemingly uninterested in signing a new contract.
Current Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers signed Lallana during his stint as Liverpool manager and is now reportedly interested in taking him to the King Power Stadium. However, reports from the Daily Mail suggest that West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal are also interested in nabbing Lallana.
In his five-and-a-half years at Anfield, Lallana has scored 22 times and recorded exactly the same amount of assists and recently added the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup to his already impressive CV.
The 2016 PL champions have enjoyed a remarkable season under Rodgers so far this campaign and are likely to qualify for Champions League football next season which could be an extra incentive for Lallana to join the club.
Leicester are currently third in the top-flight table, 10 points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
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With James Maddison potentially looking at a reported move to Manchester United in the summer, Lallana would be the perfect short-term replacement if Rodgers was to lose one of his key men in the upcoming transfer window – especially given the connection between himself and the Northern Irish coach.
Despite a Liverpool spell that was ultimately hampered by injuries, the versatile midfielder’s footballing intelligence and quick thinking is what makes him stand out as one of England’s best playmakers.
On a free transfer, Leicester would be signing a top, top player and although it won’t see them securing a long-term attacking prospect, the lure of European football could convince the 2016 England Player of the Year to take a salary cut to join Rodgers next season.