Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool finally have made a breakthrough in negotiations with Southampton, over the Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren.
The Reds have shown interest to land the the Croatia centre-back during the World Cup in Brazil, and when deal looked to be done, the Saints asked for more money. With departures of several key players, Southampton’s board didnt wanted to weaken even more their team, and raised the price to £20m.
Lovren decided to go to public, which Southampton fans didnt liked.
“Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me,” he told Sportske Novosti. “Not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids. That wasn’t right.
“I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I’ve got no business staying at Southampton.
“Liverpool sent a £20m offer and [Southampton] paid £9m for me so they would’ve earned twice the amount.
“At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it. It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20m. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.”
After a few weeks of negotiations, Liverpool and Southampton have finally reached an agreement and the Croat will put a pen on Liverpool’s contract this Monday or Tuesday.
It seems that the Saints decided to better not have unhappy player and have finally agreed to sell their third player to Liverpool, as Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have already joined the Premier league runners-up. This will be Brendan Rodgers’ fifth summer signing as Emre Can and Lazar Markovic also joined Liverpool.