Liverpool are preparing a stunning swap deal in order to land both Southampton targets Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, with Fabio Borini going in the other direction, Mirror reports.
Lallana was extremely close to joining the Reds before the start of the World Cup, but the Saints’ asking price became a stumbling block in reaching an agreement.
Southampton are demanding approximately £30million for the English midfielder, a price too high with Liverpool’s limit only believed to be at £20million.
However, Liverpool are now ready to offer Borini to sweeten the deal, and are also looking to bring over defender Lovren as part of the package.
The Reds have already signed one of the Saints earlier this summer, with striker Rickie Lambert making the switch to Anfield.
Lambert is a life-long Liverpool fan, and couldn’t believe his luck with his first Premier League as a Red will be against former club at Anfield.
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers believes a deal will be struck, and that he will have three former Saints in his squad next season.
But Southampton have proved difficult to negotiate with, as technical director Les Reeds stated his intention to keep Lallana.
“Lallana’s been here long enough, we’ve brought him to this level and we feel that perhaps he should give it a little bit longer,” he said.
“Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee. If we do take money it will be because it’s the right amount and it enables us to improve the team and move forward.”