KEY POINTS

  • Jurgen Klopp has agreed to let Dejan Lovren leave Liverpool this summer
  • Klopp blocked Lovren's transfer last summer, according to reports
  • Arsenal and Spurs are battling to sign the Croatian defender 

Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly chasing Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren after The Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp agreed to let go of him.

It is understood that Klopp blocked Lovren’s exit last summer, but the recent news reports have claimed that the Liverpool boss is not going to stand in the defender’s way for a second time.

Lovren, who has fallen behind the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the center-back packing, has made just 14 appearances for Liverpool this season.  Out of those 14 matches, nine were in the Premier League where he has played only once since December, which was the 3-0 loss to Watford at the end of February. The loss also brought an end to Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season.

The Croatian has just one more year left on his current and that means, Liverpool has one final opportunity to earn a transfer fee out.

While Arsenal and Tottenham are looking to add a defender to strengthen their respective squads, Lovren is eager to move to London in search of more regular soccer. While Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho are expected to make an offer to Liverpool for Lovren, some reports suggest the Arsenal and Spurs will have to battle against clubs such as West Ham and Crystal Palace, who are also looking to rope in Lovren, who has plenty of Premier League experience.

Roberto Firmino celebrates his goal with Jurgen Klopp Roberto Firmino celebrates his goal with Jurgen Klopp Photo: AFP / Giuseppe CACACE

Soccer, across the globe, is currently suspended due to the pandemic coronavirus situation. Liverpool FC, who are on the top of the Premier League table, are 25 points clear and are just two wins away from lifting their first league title in as many as 30 years.

It is also understood that due to the coronavirus crisis, the transfer window may have to be postponed or extended. The UEFA is expected to decide this week about the matter of what to do with transfers and expiring contracts.