Southampton defender Dejan Lovren has been speaking following Liverpool’s rejected £20million bid for the player.
The bid was reportedly made last week, with the Saints quick to dismiss what would have been an £11.5million profit for a player they only signed 12 months ago.
Now the Croatia international has been speaking to Sportske Novosti about his situation, and it does not make good reading for Saints fans.
“At this point I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it,” Lovren is quoted as saying.
“It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20million. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale. My head is already at Liverpool.”
If the comments attributed to him are true, it seems Southampton could have a very big decision to make this summer.
To expect them to sell players simply to appease them is unreasonable, and having already lost Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, they will be loath to completely dismantle the team that impressed under Mauricio Pochettino.
But at the same time, if Lovren really is already thinking about Liverpool they may have an unsettled player on their hands – and all the issues that can come with that.
It would be refreshing if Southampton refuse any and all offers for the likes of Lovren and Morgan Schneiderlin.
After all, both players have long-term contracts at the club and the Saints have already brought in a substantial amount of money this summer that can now be pumped back into the team.
Then again, it could simply be a case of seeking the best possible deal from Liverpool, who already arguably paid over the odds for Lallana, and may ultimately do the same for Lovren.