La Liga champions Barcelona are certain to make defensive reinforcements this summer and the rumour mill has been particularly active in producing some rather surprising stories in regard to potential Barcelona targets.
Having lost both Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen to injuries, the Catalans are left with limited options at the back and will need to reinforce their ranks during the winter.
“We’ll be on the lookout for a centre-back in the market. It’s bad luck that two of the four we have have gotten injured,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Marca.
European media have been speculating with the names of Branislav Ivanovic and Neven Subotic but the latest surprise Balkan link to emerge in relation to Barcelona is Dejan Lovren.
Definitely a more competitive option than the former two targets mentioned in the previous paragraph, Lovren nevertheless remains a surprise transfer rumour.
The Croatia international fell behind Joe Gomez in the pecking order at Anfield and Spanish media believe he would open to a prospect of moving to Barcelona where he’d join national teammate Ivan Rakitic.
Lovren firmly established himself last season during which he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final and making a vital push in helping Liverpool to the Champions League final.
It seems unlikely, however, that Jurgen Klopp would sanction a move for Lovren and risk destabilizing the squad in what could prove to be a huge season for Liverpool.