Liverpool fans have been reacting to fresh reports defender Dejan Lovren is to have his contract extended.
According to BBC Sport, the Reds will extend the 31-year-old’s stay at Anfield if he does not leave for another club in the next transfer window.
Last night it was reported that Russian side Zenit St Petersburg were interested in the Croatia international, who currently has a year remaining, but contact has not been made.
Lovren is coming to the end his sixth season at Liverpool after signing from Southampton for a reported £20 million in 2014 (BBC Sport).
It’s been a turbulent stint at the club for the ex-Lyon man, who has played more of a back-up role in recent years, with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez now the preferred centre-halves.
He’s made just 10 appearances in the Premier League this season, and his future has been speculated over frequently in 2020.
It could be that Liverpool will extend £100,000-a-week star Lovren’s (Spotrac) contract in the interest of gaining a higher fee for the player.
If that is the case, it is still likely the club won’t be able to recoup all of the initial £20 million investment.
That said, sporting director Michael Edwards has proven very capable of negotiating large transfer fees for fringe players in recent years, with Dominic Solanke, Jordon Ibe and Danny Ings all leaving for around the £20 million mark.
While some Reds fans were a little worried to hear such news, some see the development as a potentially smart decision by the club.
Then sell him, protecting the value is all
— Andy Millard (@andym1990) July 13, 2020
FSG masterclass, to let him not go for free
— Sam (@salahmagnifique) July 13, 2020
He would be better leaving Liverpool than extending his contract. Would enable him to get more time playing on the pitch for a new club.
— Susan Seddon ??? (@SuzeTwelve) July 13, 2020
I think it’s to get more money from him in a sale
— Simon Bray (@SimonBrayLFC) July 13, 2020
Drives the price up if he was to go this summer rather than him leaving for less if he had just the 1 year remaining.
— Jilliams (@Williams_Josh99) July 13, 2020
If we can get 10 million then Edwards has done it again
— LFCKeith (@NabySZN21) July 13, 2020
Doubt anyone will buy him if we extend because of the higher pricetag. Prepare to have him on the payroll for another year delivering suspect performances
— TrollfaceJürgen (@NewhouseT) July 13, 2020
Get that price beefed up a bit
— Sean (@_Wood_LFC) July 13, 2020