Date: 22nd August 2019 at 8:23am
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German side Bayer Leverkusen are plotting a raid to sign Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren on loan before the end of the European transfer window, according to Sport Bild.

The German publication claim on their website that the 30-year-old Croatian international has been lined up by the Bundesliga outfit as an option to strengthen the heart of their defence, with Jonathan Tah and Sven Bender their current first-choice centre backs.

It is stated that Leverkusen, who are preparing for not only a domestic campaign but Champions League football this season after a fourth-placed finish last term, are prepared to pay around £2.7million (€3million) to secure his signing, with Aleksander Dragovic the only other senior centre-back at the club.

Opinion

Lovren’s future has been speculated about a lot over the summer and yet he still remains at Anfield. Does Jurgen Klopp really want him to leave the club or is he quite happy to make him sit in the reserves and act as backup to those ahead of him in the pecking order? A loan move would not really suit Liverpool nor Lovren, with both likely seeking a permanent deal if he is to go. Still, beggars can not be choosers and if there are not many other options out there then maybe Leverkusen would be a decent move for him. The real question is whether he is going to be playing regular football at the German side or whether he would be joining to sit on the bench. It seems as though the Bundesliga outfit have their centre-back pairing sorted for now and while injury and suspension can strike, it does not guarantee Lovren playing time. Furthermore, that £2.7million loan fee is not much in the grand scheme of things, so Liverpool might be a little reluctant to let this one happen.