Saturday, January 25, 2020

Paris SG Should Not Make A Move For Adam Lallana

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It’s not a secret Paris Saint-Germain are looking to bolster their midfield depth during the January transfer window. The Ligue 1 giants have been linked with several players as they continue their search for an attacking-minded central midfielder.

One of the names that has been brought to attention is Adam Lallana. The Liverpool player and former England international doesn’t have much of a role in the current Reds set-up, as he has Naby Keita, Fabinho and even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him in the pecking order. That’s assuming Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are clear-cut starters.

However, and despite his lack of playing time, Lallana wouldn’t be wise to move to PSG. His game is tailor-made for the Premier League, and no one says he would be able to adjust to the Ligue 1, where the pace, the intensity and the spaces are dramatically different.

Plus, PSG can find better alternatives on the market. They already have Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera as alternatives for midfield roles. All three are superior options than Lallana at the moment. So why would PSG try to target a player who does not look like a natural fit for what Thomas Tuchel is trying to do?

Sure, PSG need to find cheap players, and, with that reasoning, Lallana would be cheaper than someone like Julian Weigl. The German has been linked with a PSG switch for quite a while since Tuchel knows him from his Dortmund stint, but he would be quite expensive. Certainly more expensive than a 31-year-old Lallana who has barely seen regular first-team minutes over the last few seasons.

Another option – and the most intelligent one – would be to target Lallana ahead of next summer’s transfer window. Lallana’s contract at Anfield ends on June next year, and PSG would be more than open to sign him under the Bosman rule. That’s what they did with Ander this summer. However, PSG would have deep pockets once again come summer time.

If PSG want to target a low-cost player, then they could find better alternatives out there on the market. But Lallana isn’t much of a fit for them, and he wouldn’t settle in the Ligue 1 very well, either. This looks like the kind of move that could backfire quite soon for all parties involved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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