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Arsenal, Tottenham battling to sign Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren’

Tuesday, 17 March 2020


Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Dejan Lovren this summer, according to reports.

The Liverpool defender has struggled for playing time this season, making just nine Premier League starts.

He is behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the pecking order at Anfield.

Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi claim Arsenal and Tottenham face competition from Lazio, Lyon and long-term admirers Milan as they attempt to sign Lovren.

Tottenham look set to be on the lookout for a centre-half in the summer transfer window, with Jan Vertonghen likely to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta could look to bolster his backline with Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz failing to impress this term.

Additionally, Milan are believed to still be keen on the Croatia international after failing to sign him last summer.

Lovren started in Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Watford last month, which ended the club’s chances of going the entire Premier League season undefeated.

The 30-year-old was bullied by Troy Deeney as the Watford captain and Ismaila Sarr (2) scored to inflict a first league defeat on the Reds since January 2019.

Following the game, Deeney admitted he targeted Lovren at Vicarage Road.

He said: “[Virgil] van Dijk is a class act and, for me, is probably in the top five defenders in the world.

“It is tough to get anything from him – he is 6ft 4ins, fast and strong, so you try to pick on the weaker of the two.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to Lovren and say he is the weaker of the two.

“But I knew he wanted to fight me as well, and that is my game, so if you want to try and fight me you are going to have to be in for a tough night.

“He did that for the first goal, trying to fight me for the throw-in and then I obviously rolled him and we scored. He is trying to fight me instead of watching the ball and we scored.”

Lovren has made 184 appearances for Liverpool since joining for £20million from Southampton in 2014.

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