Transfer Balls: Adam Lallana Leaves Manchester United For Liverpool
IS Adam Lallana staying at Southampton? Let’s see what the experts are saying?
The Sun has an “exclusive”:
Kop in £20m bid for Lallana
The Liverpool fans in their famous stand have raised millions to buy the player? No. The story is:
LIVERPOOL have made a £20million swoop for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.
But the transfer season hasn’t started. Premier League rules dictate that the transfer period begins on the final day of the season. Liverpool can talk to Southampton, at any time, of course. But no transfer can be done.
And hasn’t Lallana already signed for Manchester United? As The Daily Star screamed in December 2013:
EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd to pounce for Southampton star Adam Lallana – MANCHESTER UNITED are poised to make a January move for Adam Lallana.
Of course, that was utter balls. No move came. No bid was tabled.
The odd thing about today’s Sun’s scoop is how the story of Lallana’s move ended up in the Press. Is it all a PR exercise to drive up fees and keep Liverpool fans excited? Just two days earlier, the Daily Mail reported:
Adam Lallana delivers hope to Southampton fans he’ll stay after cleaning up awards
And the Mirror:
Liverpool target Adam Lallana hints he will stay at Southampton after winning the club’s Player of the Year award
How did he hint that?
…the Saints’ skipper suggested he may well stay on the south coast after sweeping up at the club’s end of season awards ceremony.
After winning three Player of the Year trophies, he said: “The club means the world to me. I’ve been here since I was 12 and I want to keep progressing with the club. I’ve got a great relationship with the fans. We’ve been on a journey, and this is the icing on the cake.”
You can read anything into that. You can say that “icing on the cake” is the end of the “journey”.
Others are full of advice. The Metro witters:
Why Adam Lallana must snub transfer move to Manchester United and Liverpool to stay with Southampton
More icing? More cake for the man the Indy calls the “English Iniesta”?
A site call Winner Sports cooks up the headline:
Lallana pledges future to Southampton
Well, he has a contract until 2018. But other than that he’s said nothing much. He’s certainly made no pledge.
And what about Spurs? CaughtOffisde yelled in April 2014:
Spurs New Favourites To Sign Southampton Captain Adam Lallana This Summer
The IBTimes says Lallana is to follow the Gareth Bale route:
Tottenham Plan Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend Swap Deal – Report
Time to hear form Lallana. The player has been talking to the Echo:
“There will be decisions made in the summer on what kind of route the club will take in terms of whether we really do push on and go again and look to really improve. If that’s the case we want to keep our best players and our manager.”
Such are the facts as the Transfer Season kicks off on Bullshit.com.