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Southampton struck gold with Adam Lallana

Southampton have been phenomenal with their business in recent years, with their ability to acquire fine talent and nurture them into huge stars.

They are then willing to let them go, should the price be deemed worthy.

This was the case with Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, both of whom Liverpool bought for large sums but developed into world-class players. It is a risk they take when selling their prized assets, but the money they receive is often impossible to reject.

Was the decision to sell Adam Lallana a smart move at the time?

Yes

Yes

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No

That was once again the case when the reds came calling for academy graduate Adam Lallana, who had impressed over his 265 appearances for the Saints.

He had developed into their captain, and at the age of 26 was entering his prime.

However, the various managers that had entered the St Mary’s dugout had all gotten plenty of joy from having the English midfielder.

He scored 60 times and assisted a further 48, with the silky ace dressing it up with an “exceptional” flair that made him such a fan favourite.

That being said, to get £25m for the maestro despite receiving such service marked a fine cash injection, especially considering he had cost the club nothing.

What made the deal even sweeter is that Lallana struggled once he moved to Anfield, and never truly recaptured the form that made him such a hit on the south coast.

Injuries ravaged his time on Merseyside, and despite being there for six years, he featured just 178 times for Liverpool.

Les Reed, the man responsible for overseeing the 34-year-old’s progression through the academy into the senior squad – and his subsequent sale, struck gold with this particular player.

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The managers beneath him moulded the midfielder into a desirable talent who was worthy of such a significant outlay, yet never had to watch him star as he did for them.

Now playing for Brighton and Hove Albion, his age and form have unsurprisingly seen his CIES Football Observatory value drop to just €2m (£1.7m).

This has been a wonderful piece of business for Southampton, who got plenty of use out of their magical midfielder before shipping him off for big money. Just one of many examples of their flawless transfer strategy.

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