Liverpool have slapped a £25million price tag on centre back Dejan Lovren amid interest from Italian giants AC Milan, according to journalist Paul Joyce.
The Times reporter revealed the news on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, stating that it would take a bid of at least £25million to convince them to consider selling this summer.
It’s clear that the Reds would prefer to keep hold of the divisive Croatian international, despite the fact that he made just 18 appearances in an injury plagued campaign this season.
There has yet to be any official contact from Milan, but their mooted new sporting director Ricky Massara is thought to rate the player very highly.
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
It seems strange that Liverpool would demand so much money for a player who is probably fourth choice at his position at the moment, but that’s the way they do things these days. Under Michael Edwards the Reds have developed into some of the savviest sellers in the transfer market. They’ve managed to leverage huge amounts of money from the likes of Crystal Palace for Mamadou Sakho and Bournemouth for Dominic Solanke. It seems that they would need to receive another monster fee for them to consider selling Lovren, despite his slide down the pecking order this term. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have very much overtaken him in the race to be Virgil van Dijk’s centre back partner. With Gomez being so young it makes it difficult to see Lovren breaking back into the team in the years to come. Milan would be a good landing spot for the 29-year-old, but whether they will be willing to stump up £25million for him very much remains to be seen.