Liverpool’s summer transfer business will likely be dominated by outgoing moves, be that cashing in on more senior pros or selling on youngsters who haven’t made the grade. Dejan Lovren is set to be one of the most interesting prospects of the window with various conflicting rumours flying about. According to various reports Liverpool could be set to give Dejan Lovren a contract extension.
Time to go?
Lovren joined the Reds in 2014, leaving Southampton in a £20m deal. Since arriving at Anfield he has lifted the Champions League and will soon have a Premier League winner’s medal.
However, it is important to consider that he wasn’t the first choice centre back for either of these triumphs. Although the Croatian is a starter for most top sides in Europe his lack of consistency has prevented him from ever establishing himself as a world class, elite level player.
As a result the 31-year-old has found himself relegated to fourth choice centre back under Jürgen Klopp.
In recent days there has been reports that Dejan Lovren is wanted by Zenit Saint Petersburg with claims that he could move as a free agent.
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However, the BBC has reported that Liverpool could give Dejan Lovren an year’s extension to his contract this summer if they fail to move him on by the time the window closes.
This would see his contract extended to 2022, with the player on £100k a week this is a risky investment.
Now or never?
Liverpool would be extended Lovren’s contract in order to guard against him going for free next summer.
The club would essentially be gambling on being able to move him this summer or next. If Michael Edwards fails to find a buyer then the club will be lumbered with a player on a lucrative contract who is rarely playing for the first team.
The ideal scenario would be for the Reds to cash in on Lovren now, otherwise he will just be burning a hole in the club’s pocket for the next two years – money that could be better spent on a young, promising backup defender.