German newspaper Bild have claimed that Bayer Leverkusen are looking to sign Dejan Lovren on a season-long loan from Liverpool this summer – and are willing to splash a considerable loan fee for the defender.
A move to AS Roma has seemingly fallen through for 30-year-old Lovren, who managed just 13 Premier League appearances for Liverpool’s senior side last season. It is believed Liverpool wanted as much as £26million for his signature.
Leverkusen are looking to avoid paying such a steep figure for the ex-Lyon and Southampton defender, by opting to secure a loan for the colossal centre-back. It is believed Bayer are willing to pay £2.75million to land him for the season.
Lovren has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, with Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip all ahead of the Croatia international in the rankings. He has a contract at Anfield, though, until the summer of 2021.
TBR’s view – Liverpool need cover at CB, Lovren should stay
Sepp van der Berg was the club’s only summer signing but still only 17 years of age, Liverpool must continue to nurture the Dutchman’s progression without throwing him in at the deep end.
It means the Reds must do all they can to keep a hold of Lovren, in order to keep that top-quality, proven back-up in case one of van Dijk, Gomez or Matip are either injured or suspended throughout what promises to be another difficult campaign.