There might not be a better collection of centre halves in all of football than Liverpool’s, with a four deep of Virgil van Dijk, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez, and Dejan Lovren who could all make a strong case for being worthy of starting minutes.
The only problem is that not all of them can get starting minutes, and with Dejan Lovren appearing to have fallen to fourth in the pecking order and also being the oldest of the group at 30, there has been some recent talk of a potential move.
There have been reports that AC Milan are eying him up this week, and those reports got an extra twist today with Sempre Milan claiming that the Serie A giants have made contract with Lovren’s representatives and that the player is interested.
Former Milan star and current FIFA Deputy General Secretary Zvonimir Boban is said to have recommended Lovren to his former club, who must now determine if a move for Lovren can be made to fit into their summer transfer budget.
On that front, according to the Italian report, Lovren—who has two seasons left on his contract—could be had for around €20M, though previous reports from The Liverpool Echo and others insist it would take £25M (€28M) for Liverpool to sell.
If Milan is willing to pay and if Lovren wants to leave in search of minutes, a move could make sense. All indications, though, are that Liverpool aren’t eager to sell and would be happy to head into next season with their current central defenders.