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16 Mar 2020 11:55:20
Hi Ed002. It has been reported today that Dejan Lovren has a few suitors this summer. A price of £18m has been suggested but I don't know where they've plucked that from. Lazio, AC Milan, Lyon are all mentioned and, somewhat surprisingly, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Also today, his potential replacement, Diego Carlos is in the news. Rumours that we approached his representatives in January but these were rebuffed due to him not wanting to move mid-season. Do you have any information on whether Carlos is open to the move to us or potentially waiting for Real Madrid?

With Lovren being behind Matip and Gomez and his replacement eyed as a starter, I do wonder what Matip will think of this. With the emergence of Gomez in the second half of this season I started to question whether a younger, perhaps home-grown option would be better to replace Lovren. Klopp does seem to be a bit harsher on Gomez's performances than others. Tends to speak of improvements needed in his game and so I can see Carlos coming in if Klopp wants and of course the player himself.

{Ed002's Note - Milan were interested last year but that interest has likely gone with them having identified several options for this summer - and they have serious money issues that mean they have to balance the books. Lovren spent a year or two at Lyon but their priority is RM, CM, S and possibly RW. Possible but I am not so sure they have shown any interest. Lazio is a better option as a Plan B to first choice replacement for Luiz Felipe who is expected to leave in the summer. I am not aware of any approaches by Arsenal or Spurs.

We have dealt with this before: Diego Carlos (CB) Manchester City have dropped their interest and are looking at others. Real Madrid has a sustained interest and Liverpool has declared an interest in taking DC in the summer as the player wants to see the season out. If this happens, I would think it would be the big move for the club this summer and would leave Gomez picking up pieces across the defence. The player would want assurances about game time as he would be a starter.

Matip will know that he is not going to be first choice going forward - in the same way that this could see Nathaniel Phillips thinking about future options.}

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16 Mar 2020 13:21:25
Hi Ed002, with everything being so up-in-the-air at the moment due to the SARS CoV 2 virus, do you think there will be a knock on effect to the summer transfer window?

{Ed002's Note - It is a good question and depends on when the decision comes to draw the line across or when the games are played. The issue of contracts running out June 30 will likely see UEFA agree to month on month extensions or even game by game. If it could be completed by say August 30 then you could see the window reduced to one month potentially.}

16 Mar 2020 12:30:37
I must admit I often overlook Phillips due to his lack of game time, I imagine he would look to leave after gaining a lot of first team football this season. He signed a new contract last summer. I imagine that was to protect his value or hope that he does well on loan. Perhaps if he leaves, Lovren leaves and Matip considers then the defence will need a couple of new faces? Or Hoever and van den Berg will need to rapidly step up. Interested to see what happens. Many thanks.

16 Mar 2020 13:21:25
Hi Ed002, with everything being so up-in-the-air at the moment due to the SARS CoV 2 virus, do you think there will be a knock on effect to the summer transfer window?

{Ed002's Note - It is a good question and depends on when the decision comes to draw the line across or when the games are played. The issue of contracts running out June 30 will likely see UEFA agree to month on month extensions or even game by game. If it could be completed by say August 30 then you could see the window reduced to one month potentially.}

16 Mar 2020 13:50:33
Potentially in turn Ed we could we see the end to this football season running on until say July or August?

{Ed002's Note - At won't restart in a couple of weeks. At some point a decision needs to be made - and probably by the start of May the decision will be an informed one and the EPL can continue an intrude in to the summer a little, or it will then need to have the line drawn across and preparations made for next season.}

16 Mar 2020 15:02:57
Thanks, Ed002.you've already answered the next question I had about contracts. With the infection pattern across Europe, I'd be surprised if they manage to finish domestic leagues without serious compromises by all national leagues.

{Ed002's Note - It needs a rule change by FIFA - just for say 12 months.}

16 Mar 2020 15:52:28
Thanks Ed, appreciate you are mainly giving us what you no on the same subject. I hope this season does get concluded, even if it is May and behind closed doors.







 

 

 
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