£25m Liverpool and Chelsea target cost current club £18k

Adam Lallana

Southampton snapped up a talented and expensive gem when they signed Adam Lallana in the year 2000.

If there was any doubt over the quality of Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana it was all but extinguished - and in some style - last weekend as he helped Southampton tear Newcastle United apart at St Marys.

Mauricio Pochettino has built his impressive Saints team around the midfield maestro - and now pundits are not asking whether he should go to the World Cup this summer, but who he should start instead of at Brazil.

Of course, as Southampton well know, precocious talent is an envied asset.

The club have seen the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave in recent years - and now they are facing a battle to hold on to the likes of Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez and of course Lallana.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all said to be keen on the player - with a whopping transfer fee of £25 million being said to be the Southampton asking price.

With Pochettino potentially leaving and the financial situation at the club not quite as sure as previously thought - it is unfortunately looking like they might just lose another one of their players.

And after seeing this picture earlier in the week from Neil Perrett of the Southampton local the Daily Echo - it is an even more outstanding fee:

That’s right, Southampton paid a paltry £18k to Bournemouth in 2000 to get hold of the talent - and the Cherries would also receive a sizeable chunk of any transfer fee.

So while Saints fans don’t want the sale, and Bournemouth fans plead for it - the fact he cost so little and is now worth so much is once again testament to the scouting system at Southampton FC.

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