- May 2, 2019
Think wages could be a reason for the fairly low transfer fee. Wouldn't be surprised if he was on 100k+, so the club are more interested in getting the deal over the line first & foremost so that they can save a potential few million on his salary. Still agree with you about the fee though, it's at least good £5-10M off what I'd consider his market valueAccording to serious sources, the asking price is £15m now, with Roma and Milan in the running. That's a paltry sum in today's market... I've never been the biggest fan of Lovren, but it's a bit of a joke to sell him at that price. He's worth more imo, with two years still left on his contract.
A few players gone this summer for a comparable amount:
Henry Onyekuru - Forward - Everton to Monaco - £12.5m
Nahitan Nández - Midfielder - Boca Juniors to Cagliari - £16.2m
Maximilian Philipp - Forward - Borussia Dortmund to Dynamo Moscow - £18.5m
Dennis Praet - Midfielder - Sampdoria to Leicester City - £18m
Darío Benedetto - Forward - Boca Juniors to Marseille - £14.7m
Ismaël Bennacer - Midfielder - Empoli to Milan - £14.4m
Júnior Firpo - Defender - Real Betis to Barcelona - £16.2m
Adam Webster - Defender - Bristol City to Brighton - £20m
Oli McBurnie - Forward - Swansea to Sheffield United - £18m
No offence to any of the above-mentioned players, but none of them has the status Lovren has in the game nowadays. I'd say that 20m is a minimum for the Croatian. Anything below that would be a poor return. If the club can't get at least 20m, keep him at the club for better squad depth.