Liverpool could be forced to cash in on a rejuvenated star when the January window opens, while Real Madrid are casting envious eyes over an Arsenal summer signing, according to Monday’s newspapers.
LALLANA CHASED BY A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS SUITORS
Adam Lallana is emerging as a target for clubs in China and Major League Soccer with his Liverpool contract running out this summer, according to reports.
The 31-year-old has forced his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s thinking in recent weeks, scoring the equaliser in the recent 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and making a rare start in place of the rested Fabinho during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
And although Liverpool plan to offer the midfielder fresh terms on a contract that is due to expire in the summer, the Daily Telegraph reports that a number of clubs in China and America are readying an approach for the former Southampton man ahead of the January window.
And while the player is said to be happy at Liverpool, the Telegraph states he is willing to discuss a move elsewhere in the new year if it guaranteed more regular first-team football, while a switch to either the Chinese Super League or MLS will likely see the player earn a hike in wages.
Addressing speculation on Lallana’s future, Liverpool boss Klopp said: “I don’t know exactly what will happen in May, for anybody by the way, but the best thing a footballer can do when you have the opportunity is play well and that’s what Adam is doing.
“Now is the second time in a row, when he came on against [Manchester] United he was good.
“After a long time he had with some injuries here and there, he is in outstanding shape physically. That’s the most important thing for a career and all the rest, we will see.”
AND THE REST
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen on signing Arsenal’s 20-year-old French defender William Saliba, who is on loan at St-Etienne – which could see the Gunners make an instant profit on their investment (Daily Express)
Cardiff City failed to convince FIFA to hold Nantes “liable” over the death of Emiliano Sala and could now face a three-window transfer ban if they continue to refuse to pay the fee for the late striker (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal coach Freddie Ljungberg is reportedly ready to step in and take over should the club decide to sack Unai Emery (Daily Star)
Unai Emery is fighting to save his job amid concerns in the Arsenal squad about his coaching methods (Daily Mail)
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe will play for Real Madrid one day, according to Vadim Vasilyev, president of the 20-year-old’s former club Monaco (Daily Mail)
Bolton’s former players have been told they will pick up their outstanding five months’ worth of wages on Wednesday (Daily Mail)
Steven Gerrard insists Rangers goal machine Alfredo Morelos is going nowhere in the January transfer window (Daily Mail)
Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman revealed there is a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave his job after Euro 2020, but only for Barcelona (Daily Mail)
Verona manager Ivan Juric has denied there was any racist abuse directed towards Brescia forward Mario Balotelli in Serie A at the weekend (The Guardian)
Unai Emery is facing a make-or-break month as he is left fighting to save his job as Arsenal boss (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City midfielder David Silva is expected to miss Sunday’s potentially crucial Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool because of a muscle injury (Daily Mirror)
RB Salzburg are yet to receive an offer from Manchester United, or any other club, for highly-rated striker Erling Braut Haaland – according to the club’s sporting director Christoph Freund (Daily Mirror)