Liverpool in danger of losing key centre-back to Euro giants

AC Milan will make a move for Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren once their appointment of Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo has been completed.

Marco Giampaolo is understood to replace Gennaro Gattuso in the dugout at San Siro and will be tasked with rebuilding a team that finished fifth in Serie A last campaign prolonging their absence from the Champions League to six years.

AC Milan have been linked with a move for Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen who is on Arsenal‘s radar, but another defender in their sights is the Croatian star after he slipped down the pecking order at Anfield.

AC Milan would have to table an offer of £25 million for Liverpool to consider Dejan Lovren’s sale, although the Italian side’s prospective new sporting director Ricky Massara is a big fan of the World Cup finalist.

The Croatia international made 18 appearances for the Reds in all competitions last campaign but found himself behind Joe Gomez at the beginning of the campaign and Joel Matip by the end of it with Virgil Van Dijk established as Jurgen Klopp’s defensive lynchpin.

The form of the trio mean that the 29-year-old faces the likelihood of starting next year as Liverpool’s fourth-choice centre-back and although he has two years left on his contract at Anfield, he could be tempted to move on.

Dejan Lovren has endured a mixed spell at Anfield since making a £20 million move from Southampton back in 2014 although his displays over the past couple of years have been far more assured than his early form at Merseyside.