Liverpool have slapped a £25m minimum price tag on Dejan Lovren this summer, but should they cash in on the 29 year-old?
Would take bids of at least £25m for Liverpool to even consider letting Dejan Lovren leave. No contact from AC Milan, but their prospective new sporting director Ricky Massara rates Lovren highly. @TimesSport
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) June 12, 2019
The Reds will demand £25m to even consider dumping the defender who has fallen well down the pecking order at Anfield, and interest from Milan is likely, per Joyce.
One would have to assume Joel Matip is now first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk after his epic run of form to end the season, while Joe Gomez is also ahead of Lovren.
With that in mind, we’ve asked three writers at Football FanCast for their verdict on the Croatian international, and if he should be sold by Liverpool this summer. Here’s what they said…
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“I think that selling Lovren for £25m would be a marvellous bit of business for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp still needs that second world-class centre-back to partner van Dijk and that clearly isn’t the Croatian international, as good as he may think he is. Anyway, if the Reds fail to secure another centre-half this summer, Matip is next in line and then Gomez. They simply don’t need Lovren and getting that amount of money for someone you don’t need isn’t bad at all.”
“Even though Lovren reckons he is one of the best defenders in the world, £25m is a great price for the Croatian. Realistically Lovren would be fourth choice at Anfield next season behind van Dijk, Gomez and Matip, and the money they could receive for the defender could go a long way towards strengthening another area of the squad.”
“Absolutely yes (cash in). Lovren is fourth-choice at best at Liverpool and a bid worth £25m should absolutely be accepted by the Reds. He’s never likely to usurp Virgil van Dijk at Anfield and pocketing the cash is only going to ensure that it’s reinvested elsewhere. If anyone bids, snap their hand off.”