AC Milan have made Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren a top target, with the Serie A side looks to rebuild in the summer under a new manager.
AC Milan are set to embark on yet another rebuilding process in the summer and have a few targets in mind that they believe would improve them. According to Sky Sports, the Serie A side have prioritised the signing of Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren for the summer, with the Croat out of favour at Anfield.
Lovren could only manage to make 18 appearances in all competitions after ending the previous season strongly. He was expected to play a significant role for Liverpool this past season, but injuries limited his involvement. Additionally, the form of fellow centre-backs, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip further prevented his participation even when he was fit.
Liverpool might look to offload the Croatian defender in the summer as they believe there’s enough personnel to cover the centre back areas. Additionally, they are reportedly linked with a move for Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt. However, irrespective of the Dutchman’s move, Liverpool seem to be ready to cash in on Lovren.
Milan are yet to make a formal offer to Liverpool for Lovren, although the Croat seems firmly in the Serie A club’s transfer plans. Lovren, who will turn 30 next month, still has plenty of years in him and could make an immediate impact at San Siro. Milan endured a torrid season, as they finished fifth and outside the Champions League places.
The dismal finish to the season resulted in the departure of manager Gennaro Gattuso. The Serie A side are now reportedly targeting Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo to take over at the club and will sanction a bid only after his arrival. Until then, Milan are prepared to wait and keep the enquiries going on Lovren and their other targets.
Lovren could be one of several players who might depart Liverpool in the summer. Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno are already set to leave the club in the current window, while the future of Adam Lallana is also called into question.
Lovren has been a decent performer since joining Liverpool from Southampton. However, as things stand, there seems to be no place for the Croat in this Liverpool side for next season. Additionally, due to the consistent performance levels shown by players in the season gone by, Liverpool are unlikely to be very busy in the market, with only a few quality additions expected.
As far as Lovren is concerned, he seemingly does not have a future at the club. In fact, it would be an excellent opportunity to continue his career elsewhere. There were rumours of interest from other teams in Italy.
But, as far as things stand AC Milan are the only Italian outfit preparing an offer for the Liverpool defender. It certainly could prove good business for all parties concerned if the move does happen, while Lovren can shine in the Italian top-flight.