Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has sensationally been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain next summer.
The 31-year-old, who is out of contract next June and therefore free to discuss a potential move with foreign clubs from January, has only started one league game this campaign.
The England international is reportedly earning around £7 million per year, and the Reds may feel they can use those wages on more pressing areas in the squad, such as a winger like Ryan Fraser or Jadon Sancho.
However, any move away from Anfield would likely weigh heavily on manager Jurgen Klopp, who was full of praise for Lallana after his recent equaliser as a second-half substitute against rivals Manchester United:
“A wonderful story. A wonderful, wonderful, wonderful story.
“This weekend we had a long talk in general about our situation, and he is completely relaxed and fine and knows how difficult it is at the moment to come into the team.
“But he just trains well and he deserved that; it was 25-30 minutes and he had a proper impact. Then scoring a goal – wow! That was really, really nice.”
PSG, meanwhile, are reportedly set to lose forward Edinson Cavani to LA Galaxy, with Lallana touted as a replacement for the Uruguayan.
It seems an odd one on the face of it: Cavani has 397 career goals to his name, whereas Lallana has only 85. They are clearly different players with different strengths.
But it may be that the Parisians have already signed Cavani’s direct replacement in Mauro Icardi, who joined the club on a year’s loan from Inter Milan in August with an option to buy next summer.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, too, provide the side with further options to play as a central striker, especially with Angel Di Maria currently performing brilliantly on the left wing.
PSG have already shown a willingness to dip into the English market in recent times, having signed midfielders Idrissa Gueye from Everton and Ander Herrera from Manchester United in the summer.
A move for Lallana, then, may not be as surprising as it seems on the surface after all.
PSG v Monaco live stream, plus Lyon v Lille, Guingamp v Nantes online from Ligue 1
Latest PSG v Monaco live stream, Lyon v Lille, Guingamp v Nantes to watch online as Paris St Germain look to get back to winning ways.
Last season’s top two in Ligue 1 meet later today, as the champions Paris Saint Germain host Monaco.
Both have struggled in comparison this term, despite the fact PSG are still unbeaten, they are already five points behind Marseille.
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Paris Saint Germain were held to a 1-1 draw away to Toulouse in their last league game, with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck earning a point.
In the Champions League Laurent Blanc’s side beat FC Barcelona 3-2, to go top of their group.
Even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they beat one of the favourites for the title, with all three goals coming from set pieces.
On the pitch things have been worse, with the club sitting 12th after a home defeat to Nice last time out.
Monaco have made a solid start in the Champions League though, claiming four points from two games.
In last seasons fixture, Monaco earned a 1-1 draw away from home, with the new United striker Falcao on the scoresheet.
Paris Saint Germain W2 D3 L0 – Top Scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (5)
Monaco W2 D1 L2 – Top Scorer: Dimitar Berbatov (2)
PSG could be without Thiago Silva, whilst their leading scorer Ibrahimovic is certainly out of the clash.
An in-form Lucas Moura will start from wide midfield, with Edinson Cavani leading the line for Laurent Blanc’s men.
Dimitar Berbatov is a real doubt for Monaco, after he went off in their midweek clash with Zenit.
Joao Moutinho is their key man in midfield, with the experienced Ricardo Carvalho in the heart of their defence.
Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Camara, David Luiz, Digne, Aurier, Matuidi , Cabaye, Pastore, Verratti, Moura, Cavani
Monaco: Subasic; Kurzawa, Raggi, Carvalho, Fabinho; Toulalan, Kondogbia; Moutinho, Ocampos, Carrasco; Berbatov
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PSG are considered 5/4 favourites to beat Monaco as the top two sides clash in Ligue 1 whilst Benfica and Sporting clash in the Lisbon derby in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Over the past year, both Monaco and PSG have spent hundreds of millions in a bid to turn the struggling sides into powerhouses on both the domestic and continental scene and now both sides meet in a top of the table clash in Ligue 1.
Monaco find themselves at the sharp end of Ligue 1 in their first season back and currently sit five points behind PSG in second place as the second half of the season gets into full swing.
With Falcao out for the rest of the season, Monaco’s management will need to decide whether they stick with reliable striker Emmanuel Riviere for Sunday’s game having scored once againlast week against Lorient.
If not, they could turn to a more experienced campaigner in Dimitar Berbatov as the Bulgarian would love to make a huge impact on his debut in Ligue 1 after joining on loan from Fulham.
However, it won’t be easy as PSG are once again sitting on top of Ligue 1 having lost just once all season long in domestic competition.
There are no selection worries for Laurent Blanc going into their trip down south with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani once again to lead the deadliest strikeforce in France.
The attacking line could be given even more chances to destroy their opponents as enigmatic playmaker Yohan Cabaye looks set to make his debut after joining last week from Newcastle.
Elsewhere in Europe, many eyes will turn to Portugal where Benfica are set to take on arch-rivals and title rivals Sporting in the Derby De Lisboa in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Benfica find themselves currently on top of the table in Portugal but they own just a two point lead over their Lisbon rivals going into Sunday’s decisive derby.
Many Benfica fans will be hoping that the experience of players such as Luisao and the return of explosive striker Oscar Cardozo will be enough to help their side stay top at the end of the weekend.
Sporting Lisbon find themselves in their best form for years and are currently placed in second on the table knowing that a win would put them on top come the end of the weekend.
It’s likely that Fredy Montero will provide the main threat as the Colombian leads the Liga Sagres scoring charts with 13 goals this season and William Carvalho’s consistent man of the match performances will make them a real threat when they arrive at the Estadio de Luz.
Bayern Munich v Stuttgart live stream : Bayern look to extend Bundesliga lead to double figures with win over Stuttgart
Bayern find themselves as overwhelming ¼ favourites to beat Stuttgart in the Bundesliga whilst Marseille to look keep themselves in European contention with victory against Valenciennes in Ligue 1.
It seems that no-one in the Bundesliga is capable of stopping Bayern Munich this season and the defending champions will look to extend their streak to 18 games with a win at Stuttgart.
Having yet to lose this season, Bayern have opened up a big lead over Bayer Leverkusen in second place and could extend the points gap to thirteen if they pick up the victory at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
The remarkable fact is that Bayern are still picking up wins even without the creative duo of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery who have been on the injured list since before the New Year.
Having scored and set-up a goal on Saturday, Mario Gotze is likely to retain his place in attack but is likely to be joined by their top scorer Mario Mandzukic who was rested for the victory against Borussia Monchengladbach.
This season has been a bit topsy-turvy for Stuttgart and their inconsistent form has meant that VFB are currently sitting quite comfortably in 12th place.
Having shown some good form in recent matches, Norwegian international Mohamed Abdellaoue is expected to start upfront alongside Vedad Ibisevic.
With Marco Rojas still struggling with his match fitness, it means that young playmaker Timo Werner will be given the task of trying to carve upon the infamous Bayern defence.
Elsewhere in Europe, Marseille will look to bounce back from their loss against Monaco by getting victory against Valenciennes and get their Ligue 1 season back on track.
After their loss on Sunday, L’OM dropped down to ninth in the table but they could reclaim their fifth spot from Lyon with a win at the Stade Velodrome.
Marseille aren’t expected to make any changes to the side that appeared on Sunday meaning that the likes of Mathieu Valbuena and Dimitri Payet will be looking to carve open Valenciennes multiple times in order to get the three points.
Life certainly won’t be easy for the visitors as Valenciennes are currently stuck in the relegation zone and a win could take them out of the bottom three at the expense of Evian.
The problem for the visitors though is that they are without many of their top attackers as both Jean-Louis Bahebeck and Anthony Le Tallec are still injured meaning that options are limited for the trip to the Velodrome.
No matter what Marseille does, all eyes will no doubt fall on Germany as everyone looks to see if there is anything that can stop the Bayern express from conquering the Bundesliga for the second straight year.
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