Liverpool are reportedly prepared to let Dejan Lovren join AS Roma, a sale that would lead to exciting development at Anfield.
Multiple sources claim a deal is close. ESPN, for example, say that things are progressing and Liverpool have left Lovren out of their squad for the UEFA Super Cup.
The reported fee, £15m with bonuses potentially taking it up to £20m, is decent for a 30-year-old. Despite that, it is a little strange that Liverpool would sell now. The transfer window is shut in England, of course, so the Reds will have fewer options than last year.
Although, Jurgen Klopp seems to like that.
But the ESPN article also suggests that the Reds don’t want to ‘block the path’ for Sepp van den Berg. The 17-year-old joined Liverpool this summer and there are clearly big expectations.
Ki-Jana Hoever is another bright young talent who needs a way into the first-team. ESPN claim the coaching staff see him as an ‘elite’ defender-in-waiting – that’s potential you leave room for.
The Lovren sale opens the door for them. Suddenly, Liverpool only have three centre-backs, while Hoever will already fancy his chances at right-back, given the lack of cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
These two are very highly-rated, exciting talents. Liverpool aren’t looking to just loan them out, nor are they blocking their pathway into the first-team.
They’re seen as the future and, as Harvey Elliott’s signing showed, that’s where Liverpool are investing.
They’ll have fewer options this season but there’s a brighter future as a result.