Serie A big hitters Napoli and Roma are keeping close tabs on Adam Lallana and may even swoop in January if he remains on the Liverpool fringes, Football Insider understands.
The attacking midfielder, 31, has failed to make a single Premier League or Champions League start this season for Jurgen Klopp’s side and is out of contract next summer.
A source with knowledge of Lallana’s situation has told Football Insider that Champions League group stage rivals Napoli are among multiple Italian clubs assessing his potential availability in the new year.
Lallana is free to agree a pre-contract with an overseas club in January or he could move permanently in the upcoming window.
Liverpool may block a January move for a player Jurgen Klopp has consistently spoken of in gushing terms, hailing him as a “pure joy to watch” and “incredible” in March of this year.
However, a potential £10million fee for a player whose only start this season has come in the League Cup and who could leave for nothing next summer may be regarded as sound business.
Football Insider recently revealed that Liverpool are planning to offload Lallana at the end of the season even if they take up the option they have to extend his contract by 12 months.
It is likely the Champions League holders will trigger the extension even if they intend to subsequently sell him, as it would mean they can secure a significant fee for a player who would otherwise leave for nothing.
Lallana has put his injury troubles behind him to be a regular in Liverpool’s matchday squad this season after two years of mixed availability.
He came off the bench to score a dramatic late equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford 10 days ago, but was an unused substitute in the subsequent wins over Genk and Tottenham.
Four of Lallana’s five appearances this season have come as a sub and it remains to be seen how willing he is to remain a reserve at the title-chasing side.
In Italy, Napoli are fourth in Serie A, one place and one point above Roma.
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