Arsenal and Tottenham consider transfer moves for Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren smiles in Liverpool training
Lovren is set to be available this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal and Tottenham are two of several clubs interested in signing Dejan Lovren this summer, reports say.

The Liverpool centre-back is about to enter the final year of his contract and the Reds will be keen to cash in on the defender rather than lose him on a free transfer next year.

Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi claim Jose Mourinho’s side and Arsenal are tracking Lovren, who will be available for £18million this summer.

AC Milan, Lyon and Lazio are also considering a move for the Croatian, who has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool.

Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back pairing, with Joel Matip also ahead of Lovren in the battle for a starting spot under Jurgen Klopp.

Lovren turns 31 in July and would like to secure a long-term deal elsewhere, even if that means taking a pay cut.

Klopp blocked Lovren’s exit last summer when it appeared he would be moving to Serie A, but he has only made nine starts in the Premier League this season.

Dejan Lovren battles with a Watford player for the ball during a Liverpool game
Lovren has seen his playing time limited this season (Picture: Getty)

Lovren’s last league start was Watford where Liverpool lost 3-0 in a humiliating defeat which saw the Reds’ unbeaten streak end.

Mourinho and his Arsenal counter-part Mikel Arteta are planning major overhauls at their respective clubs this summer.

Arteta wants to revamp his defence and midfield, while Mourinho is eager to get to work on rebuilding his Tottenham side.

However, the transfer window is set to be affected by the worsening coronavirus pandemic which has caused sport across the world to grind to a halt.

The Premier League has stopped football until the start of next month, but it is looking increasingly likely that suspension will be extended.

UEFA is holding a crisis meeting on Tuesday to discuss what will be the fate of the Champions League, Europa League and European Championships.

Euro 2020 is expected to be postponed a year, while Premier League chiefs are hopeful they can complete the season during the summer.

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