Much has been written about Adam Lallana’s proposed move to Liverpool this summer.
The Southampton skipper enjoyed a stellar campaign at St Mary’s, and since the final kick of the campaign the suggestion has been that he could be on his way for a fee anywhere up to £30million.
Following Rickie Lambert’s £4million move to Anfield, the Saints made a statement claiming they had received a number of big-money offers for their players but had no need to sell any of them. And in truth they do not.
Amid all the rumours surrounding Lallana it is worth noting that he has a contract at Southampton until the summer of 2018. And as such the south coast side have absolutely no need to part with him
And yet if the 26-year-old does want to make a change, this could be his only chance of moving to one of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Lallana is fresh off the back of an impressive individual season in which he scored 10 goals and set up another eight. His all-round performances were also very good, so good in fact that he has since found his way into England’s World Cup squad.
In short, Lallana’s reputation has never been higher. But if he does not move this summer Liverpool – and any other interested parties – are likely to move on to alternative targets.
In a year’s time, Lallana will still be three years away from the end of his Saints deal, meaning they could still ask for big bucks, while he will have to go some to ensure his next campaign is as good as his last.
Southampton hold the power, but Lallana will know this could be his one chance to move to one of the Premier League elite. The only question is: Does he desire that enough to make it happen?