According to Calciomercato, Dejan Lovren’s agent has met with AC Milan to discuss personal terms ahead of a potential transfer away from Liverpool.
The report states that Vlado Lemic, the agent of Lovren, travelled to Milan to negotiate a contract for the defender, despite the two clubs not having reached an agreement, with Liverpool believed to be determined to hold out for €20 million. “The meeting lasted over an hour and this could be a sign that talks made good progress and the club outlined their statement of intent.”
AC Milan see Dejan Lovren as their first choice target for their defence. Wages could be a problem, he earns €5M (£4.5M) per season at #LFC, whilst AC are offering a 4-year-contract at €3M (2.7M) per season. Liverpool will consider only offers of €20M+ (£18.1M+). [@NicoSchira] pic.twitter.com/Zr356TdETj
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) July 16, 2019
Given Joe Gomez’s development last season, and then, after his injury, the emergence of Joel Matip as a crucial part of Liverpool’s watertight backline, Dejan Lovren will probably be reduced to being a bit-part player for the Reds this season, so it’s no surprise to see him linked with a move away.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 15, 2019
We’d be surprised to see Lovren go, especially for less than the rumoured €20 million. Klopp would ideally like to have four senior central defenders, and a potential sale of Lovren wouldn’t give him a lot of time to find a replacement. Whilst Sepp van den Berg has joined the club, it remains to be seen whether the 17 year old is ready for first team football right away…
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