Sky Sports News’ transfer expert Jim White has revealed that Dejan Lovren may well be a Liverpool player by this weekend, having taken to Twitter to announce the information.
The journalist, who is best known for his marathon presenting sessions on transfer deadline day, stated on his Twitter account that he had been informed by a reliable source that the Croatian centre-back would put an end to the ongoing speculation by moving to Anfield in the coming days, despite the fact that Jose Mourinho’s is thought to be ready to stage a late swoop.
Lovren, who ranks as one of Southampton’s key players following his exploits last term, has been wanted by Brendan Rodgers for some time now as the Northern Irishman seeks to bolster his defence, and has made no secret of his desire to make a move to Merseyside.
Lovren to Liverpool
Now, it appears that his wish will be granted, as White tweeted: “Just heard on good authority that Dejan Lovren will be a #LFC player by the weekend.”
This follows a long-running transfer saga which has steadily developed since prior to the World Cup. Having already landed both Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Rodgers appears hell-bent on convincing Southampton to part with one more top star, and has been working on Lovren for some time now.
It’s believed he sees the 25-year-old as the ideal man to add depth and quality to a back line which looked precariously shaky at times last term, with Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho all offering reasons for concern with inconsistent performances.
Furthermore, the transfer of Lovren to Liverpool - should it indeed go through as White has predicted - will deal a blow to Chelsea, as Mourinho has been speculated by Croatian newspapers as being ready to stage a last minute hijack.
The Special One, who has in the past proven himself astute when it comes to convincing players to aid his cause other those of his rivals, is in the market for another centre-back, and Lovren’s experience in the Premier League, and relatively low transfer cost of £20million, makes him a suitable candidate.
Though the Portuguese boss has also been keeping tabs on Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, the Saints’ ace is a far more acquirable target, and the Blues would probably be willing to offer him more than Liverpool in an attempt to steal an advantage.
Regardless of that idea however Reds fans will remain confident in Rodgers’ ability to ensure the odds remain in their favour, particularly given White’s endorsement. In Lambert and Lallana Liverpool boast familiar faces to help Lovren settle in, and he will surely be aware that the chances of becoming a regular first-teams starter would be higher at Anfield than they would be at Stamford Bridge.