Liverpool have told AC Milan how much they will have to pay to sign Dejan Lovren this summer, while Tottenham are ready to cash in on two of their top defensive stars, according to Thursday’s papers.
LIVERPOOL SET PRICE FOR MILAN TARGET LOVREN
Liverpool have reportedly told AC Milan it will take a £17.5m bid if they want to sign Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren this summer.
The Croatian has fallen out of favour at Anfield and it would appear that his time on Merseyside could be coming to an end.
The emergence of Joe Gomez saw the England international partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds defence in the first part of the season before Joel Matip took centre stage in the second half of the campaign after an injury to Gomez.
The looks to have signalled the end of Lovren’s time on Merseyside and according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, the Reds have asked Milan for £17.5million (€20m) to sign the 29-year-old.
Lovren is thought to be seriously considering his future, given his lack of game time, and former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes he will move on.
“It would not be a surprise to me to see Dejan Lovren leaving Liverpool this summer,” he told the Irish Independent.
“He has certainly improved under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff, while the presence of Virgil van Dijk alongside him has made a huge difference to a player who famously said he was one of the best defenders in the world after his performances at the World Cup last summer.
“I don’t think he is anywhere near as good as he thinks he is and Klopp clearly agrees, as he favoured Joel Matip ahead of Lovren for most of last season and young Joe Gomez is also waiting in the wings as a potential partner for Van Dijk.
“Lovren will be on big money at Liverpool and if the club are looking to free up some space on the wage bill, he may be a player urged to leave as I don’t see him getting too much first team football when Matip and Gomez are fit.”
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