Southampton’s Croatian centre back Dejan Lovren has reportedly told the club that he wants to be allowed to move this summer, following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw who have also made it clear that they want to be allowed to make moves to bigger clubs.
Lovren could also become the third Southampton player to move to Liverpool this summer, after Rickie Lambert completed a move last week and Adam Lallana’s protracted transfer looks to be settled after the World Cup.
Lovren appears to have made his request in a formal written manner, as opposed to Lallana and Shaw who only informed the club verbally. Lovren’s transfer request was submitted via email on 30th May with the desire to play Champions League football and the change in management given as reasons for his desire to move. The action was made shortly after Liverpool made their interest in the player clear.
Lovren only signed for Southampton in a £7 million move from Lyon last summer, but appears determined to use the south coast club as a stepping stone to a bigger team in the league. Whether Saints will dig their heels in like they have with Lallana and Shaw over a transfer, or allow Lovren to depart as easily as Rickie Lambert was allowed to go to fulfil a childhood dream of playing for Liverpool remains to be seen.