Adam Lallana and the link to Liverpool and Chelsea 3

Southampton’s Adam Lallana has had a break-out season for both his club and country, therefore he is now inevitably being linked with a move to ‘a quarter of Champions League-calibre clubs’ according to Wayne Veysey of Goal.com.

Yes, that is the same Wayne Veysey who had a 20-point rant on Twitter about the complexity of transfer-rumours and how, as and when some of his many, many exclusive don’t quite pan-out, it’s really the reader’s fault rather than his.

That was a fun morning…

Anyway, Lallana leaving Southampton is his rumour du jour and it seems to be predicated on the financial results which were published earlier in the week. The south-coast club revealed that they still owe around £20m in future transfer payments, and that’s led to a bit of negative speculation about their long-term stability.

According to Goal, the club are ready to ‘cash in on some of their prize assets’ - referencing not only Lallana, but also Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Luke Shaw.

Realistically, even if Southampton were looking to shift all of those players, the only one who would really be a fit for either Liverpool or Chelsea is Luke Shaw. That’s not a judgement on the abilities of the others, because they’re all Champions League-capable - but he’s the only one who would fill a requirement at either club. If Liverpool are to buy an attacking-midfielder this Summer then that will almost certainly be Yevhen Konoplyanka, and any additional funds will presumably be allocated to either deep-midfield or full-back.

And Chelsea? In addition to Andre Schurrle, Oscar, Eden Hazard, and Willian, Jose Mourinho will welcome Victor Moses and Christian Atsu back from loan at the end of the season. The suggestion that Lallana is on Michael Emenalo’s list of targets seems very fanciful.

He’s a very, very good player, but - and rumour-mongers don’t ever really consider this - talent isn’t the only criteria clubs look for during transfer-windows. Lallana has the attributes to play for either Liverpool or Chelsea, but neither club need him and, more importantly, neither club will likely see much value in the enormous fee that Southampton would demand for their captain.

The financials at St Mary’s don’t sound great, but there’s no impending fire-sale - and even if some players do have to leave to balance the books, then Dani Osvaldo and Gaston Ramirez will be traded-away long before Lallana is.

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