The 24-year-old Croatian centre-back is seemingly high on Liverpool’s wish list this summer and has been linked with a move north from the south coast to follow team mates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to Merseyside.
The Daily Echo claim Lovren will no-show for Saints’ pre-season training later this month in order to force through a move.
They write that Lovren believes an agreement was in place that should a club bid £20 million he would be allowed to leave:
Liverpool are said to have matched that figure, only for Saints to stand firm and knock back the offer, and the club will point to the four-year contract the player signed when he joined from Lyon in an £8.5m deal last summer.
Lovren is said to also be frustrated that the project he was supposedly told about last summer has “completely changed”.
- See also: Comparing Lovren to Skrtel, and Caulker