By Kevin Koczwara
It felt like a forgone conclusion that Adam Lallana will join Liverpool, but as time has gone on the transfer has come into doubt. Liverpool submitted a “final offer” last week for the Southampton midfielder and, despite rumors that the player wants the move to happen, nothing has officially happened. Now, Southampton has released a statement putting the whole transfer into doubt with a statement saying the club does not have to sell the player for any reason.
The statement reads:
“Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks. This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.
“We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers. We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.
“It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place. Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process.” [Liverpool Echo]
Liverpool had hoped to have the Lallana deal done before the World Cup, but it looks like they will have go after some of their other targets as Southampton looks poised to force their club captain to put in a transfer request before allowing him to leave. Rodgers has had two frustrating summers in the transfer market and was hoping to have a better experience this year, but Liverpool’s strict evaluation of players and Southampton’s tough stance on a sale of their best player has made things difficult again for Rodgers.