If Liverpool do decide to sell Dejan Lovren to AC Milan, signing Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar would be the ideal move to make.
Lovren has been linked with a move to AC Milan as the Italian giants look to shore up a defence that conceded 36 goals last season, with Calciomercato suggesting he’s a prime target.
While the Croatian is not a regular starter at Anfield anymore, he’s as good as a fourth choice defender that you will find in the Premier League or elsewhere.
That’s why Liverpool need to sign Fabian Schar if Lovren leaves Anfield as they will need extra quality in depth as they face competing on seven fronts this season.
Premier League proven
The 27-year-old might have only spent a single season in the Premier League but he gave a great account of himself after the Magpies spent just £3m when they signed him from Deportivo La Coruna.
He showed the best clubs in Europe that he is a fine ball-playing centre half and even scored one of the goals of the season when he glided through the midfield to smash a thunderbolt into the Burnley goal from 25-yards out.
There might be cheaper alternatives to Lovren out there but there are very few if any that have Schar’s quality and suitability to the Liverpool style of play.
Entering his prime
At 27 years of age, the former La Liga defender is approaching his peak as a footballer and on a five-year contract, Liverpool would be guaranteed the very best years of his career.
It would present an issue down the line when Liverpool would need to sign replacements for Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip as well given that all three are the same age.
That, however, is a future issue to contend with and not one that should shape Liverpool’s decision making too much.
Newcastle facing relegation
Rafa Benitez recruited Schar from Deportivo and given that he has since left the club and the Magpies’ fate looking grim, it’s likely that the Switzerland international would be open to a move to Anfield.
He would, of course, find it difficult to edge out Joe Gomez and Matip in the fight to be van Dijk’s partner in the centre of defence but it would certainly provide more healthy competition which is only good for performances.
Liverpool should really consider signing Schar if Lovren is signed by AC Milan this summer.