Southampton have reportedly turned down a bid from Liverpool FC to sign their Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.
The 24-year-old center back has been linked with a move away from Southampton this summer with Liverpool interested in signing him. Reports from England suggest that Southampton have rejected a bid from the Merseyside club to sign Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian international joined Southampton last summer from French club Lyon and became an integral part of the side. Lovren formed a wonderful partnership with Jose Fonte at the back as the Saints finished eighth in the Premier League and statistically had the sixth best defense in the league.
Fonte’s performances have drawn a lot of attention and both Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with the Croatian center back this summer.
Southampton though are keen to hold on to Lovren having lost a host of key players in this transfer window already. The departure of Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season has initiated a stream of players leaving the St Mary’s Stadium this summer.
Left back Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United, while Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have signed up for Liverpool. Southampton are keen to hold on to the rest of the stars and are ensuring that teams have to pay over the top to sign their players.
Lovren though is keen to follow Lallana and Lambert to Anfield and will reportedly miss the pre-season training as he looks to push through a move.
Reports suggest that Southampton have turned down what is believed to be the second bid from Liverpool to sign Lovren. Initially the bid was reported to be of £20m, but according to Press Association Sport it was much lower than that figure.
Southampton for their part is believed to be holding out for a fee of £25m fee for the former Lyon defender, who was signed for only £8.5m last year. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool agrees to match that fee and pay over the top in order to sign their third Southampton player this summer.