Pundit Kevin Phillips has urged Tottenham Hotspur to sign Dejan Lovren after the north London club were linked with a move for the Liverpool man in the summer transfer window (via Football Insider).
Phillips likened the potential transfer to when Arsenal signed David Luiz from London rivals Chelsea last summer and added that players like Luiz ‘can be picked up’.
This is what he had to say on the transfer speculation: “Lovren has been a good player at Southampton and Liverpool. He has probably not played as much football as he would like so he might be thinking it is time to move on. Tottenham, defensively, have got some frailties. It is an area that Jose will be looking at.
“You cannot go far wrong when you are looking at a player like that who is experienced in the Premier League and has played at the top level. He has experienced high-pressure situations so it could turn out to be a good signing.
“You look at David Luiz at Arsenal, he’s like him, these players can be picked up. I am not saying he is at the end of his career but his best years are behind him. I think that could be a really good signing for two or three years.”
Lovren made a total of 31 appearances for Southampton and has made a total of 184 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool since his move to Anfield, according to Transfermarkt. Yet the 30-year old has only managed 14 total appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season, so he might want to move on in the summer if he wants to play more regular football.
Whether Spurs can offer that to him for next season is another question. They already have Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen in his position, although the latter may leave in the summer transfer window if he does not renew his contract.
Given that their defence has leaked goals this season, they have shipped 40 in just 29 league games (BBC Sport), a new centre-back is definitely what Jose Mourinho will be looking for and Lovren is a player with great experience, not only in the Premier League but also at international level. Indeed he has represented Croatia 57 times and played a key role in helping them reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup final (Transfermarkt).
He is currently valued at £18 million according to Transfermarkt which would be an affordable transfer fee for Spurs and Phillips believes that Lovren is worth taking a punt on.
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