Liverpool fans will be well aware by now that any incoming transfers this summer will likely have to be preempted by an outgoing move. The Reds have an number of players rumoured to be heading for the exit door with one possibly heading as far afield as Russia. According to the Mail on Sunday Liverpool have slapped a £15m asking price on Dejan Lovren amid interest from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Time to go
Dejan Lovren has never been a certainty in the Liverpool defence. The Reds signed the Croatian from Southampton for £20m in 2014 in an effort to secure a leaky defence.
However, the centre back failed to ever establish himself as the answer to Liverpool’s problems. Despite some strong performances the Croatian too often made costly errors which cost goals and games.
The arrivals of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have seen Lovren drop to fourth choice in the pecking order, he is widely expected to move on this summer.
To Russia with Lov
Ok we’ve used that subheading before but wouldn’t you? There have been widespread reports that Dejan Lovren is wanted by Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg.
According to the Mail on Sunday the Eastern European side are willing to pay up to £9m for the defender but Liverpool are refusing to part with the World Cup finalist for less than £15m.
This report seems to track given that the Reds rejected an offer of around £13m from Roma for the defender last summer.
What RTK has to say
The disparity in valuations could see this move be dragged out over the summer but it is a move that makes sense for all involved.
Lovren would be a regular starter for Zenit Saint Petersburg, replacing the ageing Branislav Ivanovic. He is also burning a hole in Liverpool’s pocket and it is no secret that the Reds need to raise funds to mitigate the impact of the global health crisis.
Hopefully this one will be worked out eventually, the Reds need reinforcements in key areas, cashing in on Lov would be a massive step to funding these reinforcements.