A U-turn could see Dejan Lovren stay at Liverpool after all, according to reports. The current health crisis has changed things considerably.
The Daily Mail reports that the global health crisis has convinced Liverpool to halt contract negotiations. That means no incoming deals for the near future, as well as no outgoing ones.
And that latter effect could keep Lovren at Liverpool. The Croatian is out of contract in 2021, making this summer the prime-time to sell him. As the report says, the Reds toyed with that idea last summer as AC Milan and AS Roma wanted him but ultimately, he stayed.
But this summer is the last time that Liverpool can get any money for him. Despite that, their commitment to no contract negotiations would seemingly trump any desire to make money from a transfer.
It certainly looked as though Lovren was off. For one thing, reports have linked Liverpool with several centre-backs over the last few months. There’s Diego Carlos (ABC), Dayot Upamecano (Passione Inter), and Jose Gimenez (AS), for instance.
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Instead, Liverpool could once again stick with what they have.
What RTK has to say
It’s certainly the smart option. We don’t actually think Liverpool need to sign a centre-half anyway, and thus this decision wouldn’t hurt them very much.
The chances of fetching a considerable fee for Lovren are small, too. He’s in his 30s, in the final year of his contract, and a clear fourth-choice at Liverpool.
Those won’t add up to a high price, so the safe option makes complete sense here. We have no idea when football will resume, let alone what the transfer window will look like. It may be impossible to replace him adequately as a result.
Have Lovren see out that final year and the club can rest assured with their defenders over the next year.