Liverpool have finally conceded defeat in their efforts to convince Southampton to lower their asking price for club captain Adam Lallana, and are now ready to pay £26million to land him ahead of Manchester United this summer.
The Englishman has seen his stock rise dramatically following a sensational individual season, and interest in him has peaked ahead of what should be a very interesting transfer window. Initially Brendan Rodgers’ Reds had been the favourites to complete a £20million swoop for the winger, but any potential transfer supposedly went sour when the Saints decided to hold out for more.
However now, courtesy of the Metro, reports claim that the deal is back on, and Liverpool will finally sign Lallana by way of offering Southampton £26million. With negotiations already close to completion regarding Rickie Lambert’s switch to Anfield, the 26-year-old is set to become the second Southampton star to move to Merseyside and the Reds are aiming to confirm his signature before he travels to Brazil for the World Cup.
It’s said that the fee Liverpool will pay for Lallana will be split into two instalments, but it will still be enough to convince the manager-less Saints to part ways with their talismanic skipper. The news will naturally be taken badly by United, as they were also thought to be lining up a move for the England international.