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Premier League champion Adam Lallana signs for Brighton

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One of the more exciting and promising clubs in the Premier League is adding a player from the champions.

Adam Lallana was announced as a Brighton and Hove Albion signing on Monday, joining the Seagulls after six seasons at Liverpool.

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Lallana, 32, spent the first eight years of his senior career down south with Southampton and Bournemouth, and now heads about 65 miles east of St. Mary’s to the Amex Stadium.

The midfielder is a part-time player for Liverpool the past three seasons after three seasons as a regular starter. That’ll help the proverbial tread on the tires of a player his age, who has 81 goals and 70 assists in 439 appearances between Liverpool and Southampton.

Here’s Seagulls boss Graham Potter on the ex-Southampton and Liverpool playmaker, via brightonandhovealbion.com:

“The honours he won during his time at Liverpool, and the high regard in which he is held at Anfield, only further underline his ability and character. Adam is a really exciting signing for us, someone I am sure the supporters will be really looking forward to seeing play as and when things are able to begin to return to normal.

“To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us, and I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”

Brighton won 41 points in its first year under Potter, seven points clear of the bottom three. The expected goals table says they conceded more and scored less than their performance suggested. It could be a fun season ahead at the Amex.

Transfer news: Man United-Inter Milan swap, Lallana goes south

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The Premier League’s transfer rumor mill sees two players with silverware experience in England linked with new homes, one in a swap deal with an Italian power.

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Manchester United, Liverpool, Brighton, and Inter Milan are the clubs in focus on Saturday.

Perisic to Manchester United, Alexis to Inter Milan

At first blush, this is a weird one but it’s an onion when you get into the layers of it.

Manchester United has been linked with Ivan Perisic for some time and has wanted to move on from Alexis Sanchez for even longer.

Inter boss Antonio Conte has come around on the Chilean and reportedly is ready to move on from Perisic after a loan move to Bayern failed to see the German powers trigger an option to buy the veteran.

Sanchez has two goals and six assists since the return from the coronavirus pause in what is by far his best run since his last half-season with Arsenal.

Perisic is a few months younger than Sanchez and has a more sustained recent record of success. The Croatian has between 16-22 goal involvements in each of the last four seasons between Inter and Bayern.

Both players are under contract at their current clubs through 2021-22. Make sense? Perisic feels like the prime item in the deal but Conte values Sanchez and that’s big.

Lallana to Brighton

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is going to have a new home next season, and it looks like it’ll be back down south.

But Lallana isn’t linked with a glorious reunion with Southampton, where he was one of a bevy of players to attract the dollars of Anfield, or even former loan home Bournemouth.

Lallana has reportedly agreed with Brighton and Hove Albion and a move to the Amex Stadium.

Graham Potter’s Brighton would on the surface be a great fit for the 32-year-old, who’s been a part time player for Liverpool the past three seasons after three seasons as a regular starter.

So that’ll help the proverbial tread on the tires of a player his age, who has 81 goals and 70 assists in 439 appearances between Liverpool and Southampton.

Lallana agrees to short-term Liverpool extension

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Adam Lallana has agreed to a short-term contract extension at Liverpool so he can see out the 2019-20 season at Anfield.

Lallana, 32, has been at Liverpool since 2014 and despite injury problems in recent seasons he has become a key figure of helping Jurgen Klopp behind-the-scenes.

The England international was out of contract on June 30 but now remain at Liverpool until the end of the July when the current season is over, then become a free agent with plenty of clubs eager to sign him.

“I am really pleased to have the chance to finish this season – it means a lot to me and my family,” Lallana said about the extension. “Now isn’t the moment to review my time here because the focus needs to be on the remaining nine matches and the club finishing the season in the best manner possible. Of course, one of the big personal positives about committing to this short-term extension is that I will now get to say goodbye to the people who mean so much to me in the right way.”

Lallana and Klopp waxed lyrical about one another and they have been extremely close ever since Klopp took charge in the fall of 2015.

“I know how highly sought after Adam is in this moment by other clubs who want him for next season, so for him this is a commitment to us and we are very appreciative to him for it,” Klopp said. “This is absolutely how it should be, too, because I am so pleased he will be with us to finish the job this season and have the farewell he deserves so much. It is not possible for me to find words in the English language to properly explain the importance of Adam Lallana during my period of being manager of this club.”

Despite consistent injury problems, Lallana’s quality when he has played is undoubted but his chances have been limited in recent seasons so he has played a supporting role on the training ground and from the bench. He did jump off the bench to score a late equalizer at Man United this season and everyone knows how important not losing to their bitter rivals is.

He has scored 22 goals in 178 appearances for Liverpool and on average he’s played 29 times per season for the Reds since 2014. 21 of his 22 goals came in his first three seasons for Liverpool and in the last three he has been limited to substitute appearances as injuries and the form of Salah, Mane and Firmino, plus Wijnaldum and Henderson, has made it tough for him.

People may forget that Lallana was named the English national team player of the year for 2016 and when he swapped Southampton for Liverpool in 2014 for $30 million it was a huge coup for the Anfield club.

Where next for Lallana after this extension is over? He has been heavily linked with a move to Leicester City, where Brendan Rodgers, the man who signed him for Liverpool, is manager. Burnley are also reportedly interested in Lallana, who is clever on the ball, can see a pass and is able to play anywhere across the attacking midfield positions. He would be a very good pick-up for most Premier League clubs, especially as the coronavirus pandemic means that finances will be tight and free agents are highly sought after right now.

For now, he will stay at Liverpool as he looks certain to add a Premier League title to a Champions League trophy to see out his time on Merseyside. All things considered, not a bad Liverpool career for Lallana.

Transfer news: Willian to Arsenal, Tottenham; Lallana to Burnley

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In the latest transfer news Willian had been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham, while Adam Lallana could be heading to Burnley.

Free agents are all the rage right now.

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Willian, 31, is set to leave Chelsea in the next transfer window and he has yet to extend his current contract beyond June 30. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal and Tottenham both want to sign Willian as their financial situations mean they will not be spending much money, if any, on new players this summer.

It appears Willian will leave Chelsea as he wants a three-year contract but the Blues are only willing to offer him a two-year extension. Willian flourished under Jose Mourinho during his second spell in charge of Chelsea and the two have kept in close contact since. Spurs are pretty stacked with options out wide, though, with Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso all able to operate on the flank.

As for Arsenal, they do need wide options with Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their main options but the latter could leave, while Saka has yet to sign a new contract and Pepe has only just found his feet in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta would surely love Willian’s experience among his young, but talented, squad.

Willian’s quality and experience is clear and he really stepped up in the second half of this season at Chelsea, with seven goals and six assists in all competitions. He has a couple of years left in the tank, at least, and on a free transfer he is a bargain.

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Sticking with free transfers, Adam Lallana has been linked with Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham but a new club is emerging as a potential destination.

According to the Daily Mirror, Burnley have enquired about Lallana’s availability. The 32-year-old playmaker has been riddled with injuries during his six-year stay at Liverpool but his influence off the pitch has seen Jurgen Klopp keep him around and even though his fitness has failed him, his quality on the ball hasn’t.

Lallana has a contract until June 30 and is expected to leave Liverpool and it is likely he would want to join a club where he could play regularly for the final years of his career. Burnley could actually be a decent option for Lallana because he would play regularly, would add a totally different dimension to their attack and it is relatively close to his current home near Liverpool.

Leicester would be ideal because he could link up with Brendan Rodgers, the man who took him from Southampton to Liverpool, but would he play ahead of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes or Youri Tielemans in midfield? Probably not.

If Lallana just wants to play in the Premier League, joining Burnley wouldn’t be the worst move in the world as he could feed Chris Wood, Dwight McNeil and Ashley Barnes and take on a leadership role. That said, his hometown club Bournemouth may be a good option too, providing they stay in the Premier League.

Rodgers hints at interest in ‘fantastic’ free agent-to-be Lallana

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Brendan Rodgers has begun his recruitment of Adam Lallana in the most thinly veiled of ways, calling the Liverpool midfielder “a fantastic player” and saying “he will be weighing up his options” ahead of the expiration of his contract this summer.

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Simply put, if Rodgers gets his way, Lallana will be wearing the blue and white of Leicester City next season — quotes from Sky Sports:

“Adam is a fantastic player and one I brought into Liverpool. I have been aware of his talents since he was a young player at Southampton.

“He has done brilliantly [at Liverpool] and I’m sure he will be weighing up his options. But, I don’t need to speak about that now. We’ve spoken about that all through January. I don’t need to speak about the summer transfer window.

“I would only add he is a top-class player.”

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Leicester won’t be the only Premier League side to come calling if/when Lallana’s contract expires without a new deal in place, but the shared history which Rodgers points out could prove a tiebreaker over any other club offering a similar financial package. Lallana has been at Anfield since the summer of 2014, when Rodgers was the Reds’ boss.