Liverpool's Three-Man Shortlist For Lovren's Replacement
March. 23, 2020
Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his squad for next season, and reports are suggesting the German boss has lined up three possible replacements for centre-back Dejan Lovren: Atletico Madrid's Jose Maria Gimenez, Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.
Lovren is out of contract in 2021 but is expected to target first-team football elsewhere this summer, and Klopp wants a player who is as comfortable as Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in the air and on the ball.
Gimenez is the perfect fit, though his contract runs out in 2023 and has a buy-out clause of €120 million. However, the Uruguay international has had an injury-hit season and has played only 16 times, including a cameo role at Anfield when Atletico stunned the Champions League holders.
Gimenez might consider his options if he continues to struggle for first-team football.
Upamecano has been linked with several clubs across Europe, while 20-year-old Bastoni has impressed so much at Inter that he has replaced Diego Godin at the San Siro.
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