Monday, 27th June, 2011

Liverpool will face opposition from Bayern Munich should they choose to push ahead with their pursuit of Lyon starlet Dejan Lovren.

The 21-year-old defender has made significant progress at Lyon, piquing the interest of a number of Europe’s top clubs, with Liverpool appearing to hold the most serious interest in bagging his services.

But now, according to French daily Le Parisien, Bayern Munich have arrived on the scene, with the Bundesliga giants planning for the future and identifying Lovren as a possible long-term option at the back.

Lyon will not be keen to lose Lovren and are known to rate the Croatian highly. However, the seven times Ligue 1 champions have a number of summer targets themselves as they bid to reshape Remi Garde’s side in order to ensure a serious title push next season.

And selling Lovren, although unpalatable, would bring in extra money to add to the transfer kitty.

Lovren arrived at Lyon in January 2010 from Dinamo Zagreb and has long been tipped as a future star of the game.

The 21-year-old has featured for Croatia at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, before making his senior bow in 2009.

Lyon will demand a hefty price for Lovren should they choose to cash in on the Croatian’s services.

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