Date: 12th June 2019 at 8:10am
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European heavyweights AC Milan are plotting a summer move for out of favour Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian outlet claims that the Serie A side, who are currently without a manager but are expected to appoint Marco Giampaolo, are targeting the Croatian international.

The 29-year-old slipped down the pecking order at Anfield this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions as Joel Matip and Joe Gomez emerged as Virgil van Dijk’s most consistent central defensive partners.

Now, though, he could find himself swapping Merseyside for Milan in a glamorous move to the peninsula.

OPINION

This is a move that would make a lot of sense for all parties. Lovren, at this stage, is the team’s fourth choice centre back and, on a reported £100,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], is being extremely well paid for the privilege. There are unlikely to be many fourth choice players in world football on more money than the divisive Croat. Lovren has his detractors, as we all know, but he’s not a bad defender. He was in excellent form after Van Dijk arrived in January 2018 and enjoyed a phenomenal World Cup last summer, but injury saw him lose his first team spot to Gomez and then to Matip. It’s a shame for him, really, but Jurgen Klopp simply has better options than him at the moment. A switch to Milan, then, would likely appeal to him hugely. If Lovren’s going to leave Anfield then he couldn’t ask for a better destination than the Italian giants. Overall, then, this seems like a perfect outcome for everyone involved.