It’s no secret that Dejan Lovren is likely to leave Liverpool when the transfer window opens. The Croatian had offers, or maybe one offer, last summer but Jürgen Klopp was adamant that the club could not afford to let a centre-back go.
Lovren has seen very little action this season. Virgil Van Dijk is locked into the starting XI, and with Joe Gomez and Joël Matip each running through spells of fantastic form when fit, Dejan has been mostly on the outside looking in.
And so, any new face that Michael Edwards ends up meeting for the final touches will have to contend with heavy competition for a place in the team.
I believe it was AS Roma who came the closest to welcoming Lovren into their ranks last year. And it’s from Italy that these most recent rumours of Lovren’s replacement originate.
Other names such as Atlético Madrid’s Jose Giminez have been thrown into the mix. Liverpool are reportedly eyeing RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano to fill the Lovren-less void in the squad next season.
At 21-years-old, Upamecano represents a player for the future and could be open to playing third or fourth fiddle in Klopp’s central defense. He’s performed well this season for Leipzig, most recently impressing in his side’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16. With a 4-0 aggregate of Jose Mourinho’s struggling team, Leipzig advanced comfortably to the quarter-finals.
Otherwise, I really don’t know much about this guy. He is described as being both strong and fast and deft with a ball at his feet. So, check, check and check.