LFC Transfer Gossip & Player Updates
|Adam Lallana | Timo Werner | Kai Havertz | Jadon Sancho | Bukayo Saka |
Last week, it was confirmed Adam Lallana would not be offered a new contract by LFC. He is now able to begin discussions with other clubs and Leicester have wasted no time making an official approach. A move to the foxes would make a lot of sense for Lallana; he would be back with his former manager Brendan Rodgers, as well as joining a club who will likely be dining at Europe’s top table next year.
A major factor in Lallana’s decision will be how many minutes the former Saints’ captain is guaranteed. West Ham has been heavily linked to the England International and you would think he would be guaranteed more minutes in East London than at Leicester. With Lallana having only started 3 premier league games for the Reds this season and his 32nd birthday around the corner in May, he will need assurances of playing time from whoever he may be courting.
Lallana has been linked with a return to the Saints as well as Newcastle more recently. The most exciting option as a Liverpool supporter is a potential link-up with his former teammate Steven Gerrard up at Rangers. The move would make a lot of sense for Lallana in terms of minutes but he would also be out of the Premier League shop window with very little hope of an international return; surely a factor in whatever decision he makes.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
The hype train surrounding Timo Werner to Anfield seems to be gaining momentum, with most of the impetus seemingly coming from the player himself!
Last Tuesday, following on from RB Leipzig’s 1-0 victory away at Tottenham, Werner was full of praise for Jurgen Klopp’s men saying they were the “best team in the moment in the world”. He went on to say he was “proud” to be linked to LFC.
Fast forward 4 days and Timo was back at it:
Jurgen Klopp is the best coach in the world … many things speak for the fact that I would fit in well at Liverpool with my playing style.Timo Werner
Many Liverpudlians now believe this is a case of no smoke without fire and a deal must be close. This would make sense given the reported £25 million buyout clause in the German’s contract. The issue is whether a man who has scored 26 goals and assisted 10 in 33 games this year will be happy to potentially play second fiddle to Liverpool’s world-famous triumvirate.
Liverpool will undoubtedly be looking to add another forward option with the African Cup of Nations looming large in next years calendar. Liverpool could manage the loss of Keïta alone, losing Salah and Mané too makes the squad a less potent threat.
Whether Liverpool choose to go for Werner this summer will remain to be seen, however, I don’t personally believe he is doing his chances any favours by publicly courting the club so often. We have seen in the past that Klopp prefers to do his transfer dealings away from the media’s prying eyes.
Kai Havertz (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
After an incredible 2018/2019 season and comparisons to Michael Ballack in his native Germany, Havertz has struggled to recreate his form this season. It should be noted that Leverkusen lost Julian Brandt to Borussia Dortmund in the summer; a player that Havertz linked up with to great effect in his breakout season.
The German wonder-kid has been continually linked with Bayern Munich as well as the Merseyside club. However, with Leverkusen slapping an apparent £85 million price tag on the player, it would seem unlikely that Liverpool would be willing to break their own transfer record again in such a short space of time.
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Sancho has enjoyed a well-documented rise in stock since joining Dortmund. The ex-Manchester City academy man is at the centre of transfer speculation on a daily basis, seemingly linking him to every major club in England. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool appear to be the clubs who would be able to pay the £100 million+ price tag that Sancho would command.
Again, whether Liverpool would be willing to part with a fee of that size for one player remains to be seen. I personally don’t think this one has much going for it currently!
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ 18-year old left-back has put in some noteworthy performances of late; a man of the match outing against Newcastle most recently, including an assist for Arsenal’s 2nd goal in a 4-0 rout.
It has emerged that the French starlet is currently on a £3,000 per week deal which expires in the summer of 2021. Liverpool are one of many clubs who are said to be monitoring the contract situation and could look to pounce should the player make his frustrations known.
Personally, I think a move for Saka would suit Liverpool’s model; a young player who has already been tested against the rigours of the Premier League. Robertson is undeniably world-class but with 34-year old James Milner still the next best option at left-back, a move for the young Frenchman would seem to make a lot of sense.