Adam Lallana is reportedly keen on a move to Liverpool ahead of proposed interest from Manchester United.
It’s been considered a blow for the Old Trafford side with their arch rivals likely to get one over on them in the transfer market but United don’t need the Southampton star.
If Lallana moved to Old Trafford, and there’s no guarantee of any transfer while they don’t have a permanent manager, the idea of where he’d play instantly gives the first team a problem.
Lallana has been at his best in the Saints attack when he’s been allowed to roam at the top of the midfield, given the space and freedom to go and be creative.
United already have two players who can play that exact role; Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata.
In Kagawa’s case, his desire to play regularly has seen him converted into a left sided midfielder with Juan Mata also occasionally used on the wing by former boss David Moyes.
Then there’s Wayne Rooney. Rooney is one of the best strikers in Europe when it comes to dropping off from the top of an attack to take up a midfield position, a position where Lallana would want to play.
United’s midfield needs a complete player right in the middle of the side to control the tempo and pull the strings.
So many variations of players have been used in United’s midfield this season, yet the side is crying out for a Toni Kroos or Marco Reus type player to link the defence with the midfield and the midfield with the attack consistently.
United don’t need another talented creative midfielder because they already have that box ticked. What they need is a middle man who can get on the ball quickly and move it forward to players who can hurt the opposition in the final third.
United’s new manager in the summer will have his own thoughts and opinions on where the squad needs to develop and progress but if he’s looking for a number ten, he doesn’t have to spend £25 million to tackle that desire.
Liverpool have the edge in so many aspects to sign Lallana but United already own the players needed to cope without him.