The Daily Mirror among many, have reported that Brendan Rogers, will demand a final answer from Southampton, regarding the possible transfer of Adam Lallana.
The player and the Red’s boss are both keen on pushing the move forward, ideally before the World Cup begins, but the Saints are trying to delay matters. First they would like the chance to appoint a new manager, who may be able to convince the England International that his future would be best served by staying with the Saints.
If however the club can’t persuade their Captain of that, they will look to deal after the World Cup. His transfer value may well increase, if he and England perform well.
If Brendan Rogers fails to secure the signing of Lallana, he may turn his attention to the Benfica star, Lazar Markovic.
He is a exciting young player, who had a great season for his club last term. Rogers will be keen to tie up a transfer before the big European Clubs come knocking on Benfica’s door.
Alan Nixon, of The Mirror have reported that a fee in the region of £30m would be enough to secure the transfer.
This would represent a significant slice of Rogers’ summer transfer budget. And so he may need to offload some fringe players.
It would be a brave move to chose Markovic over Lallana. While Markovic has European experience, he has not played in the Premier League. Rogers will be aware from his signing last August, that certain players will take time to adapt to the fast pace in the England game.
It is true that both players are similar types, and would certainly offer a new exciting option to the Liverpool first team.
The owner’s transfer policy will play a part in any transfer. They tend to look towards younger players that Rogers can coach and improve. This way it offers the club potentially, a better transfer value.