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Report: Zenit preparing £9 million offer for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

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Report: Zenit preparing £9 million offer for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

Liverpool are reportedly bracing for a first offer from Zenit St Petersburg.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, the Russian club are willing to offer around £9 million for the Croatia international.

Lovren’s future is in doubt having been on the fringes for months at Anfield.

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He’s chalked up 185 appearances for the Reds, but Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are all ahead of him in the pecking order.

The 31-year-old has a year remaining in his contract, but there has been talk of Liverpool triggering a one-year extension if they can’t sell in the next transfer window.

Zenit are understood to want Lovren to replace former Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic, who is now 36.

 

TBR’s View – It’s time to sell

It is probably in Liverpool’s best interests to sell Lovren in the next transfer window.

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He’s been a good servant to the club overall, but the club should be cashing in before his value really begins to decrease.

Perhaps sporting director Michael Edwards – known for being a shrewd seller of fringe players at Anfield – will be able to squeeze a bit more out of Zenit.

Getting over £10 million would probably be considered by many as a successful deal, given he cost £20 million six years ago (BBC Sport).

The report does add that the Reds are likely to demand around £15 million for the player, which would be some business.

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