Liverpool have submitted a £20m offer for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana and hope to complete the signing of the England international before next month’s World Cup finals get underway.
According to The Sun, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is a keen admirer of the 25-year-old, who was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award last month. Lallana has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding performers this season and is a dead-cert to be selected for England’s 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
But, before Lallana flies out to Brazil with the rest of the England squad, Rodgers hopes to make him a Liverpool player by thrashing out a deal before next moth’s showpiece international tournament kicks off.
Manchester United, however, may have something to say about that. The Red Devils have been strongly linked with Lallana, and his Southampton teammate Luke Shaw, and may respond following news of Liverpool’s formal bid.
Rodgers hopes that Liverpool have the upper-hand over the Red Devils after securing a place in next season’s Champions League. The Reds could win the Premier League title on Sunday - but will be competing in Europe’s premier club competition next season regardless of this weekend’s outcome.
One potential reason why Lallana could turn down a move to Anfield is the fact he is a boyhood Everton fan. It remains to be seen, meanwhile, whether the man expected to become Manchester United’s next manager - Dutch coach Louis van Gaal - would be keen to have Lallana as part of his new squad next season.
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