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    Lovren set for medical after Liverpool agree £20m deal for Southampton

    Croatian international has been Rodgers' top centre-back target of the summer

    Dejan Lovren is set to become the most expensive defender in Liverpool FC's history after they agreed a £20million deal with Southampton.
    Reds chief executive Ian Ayre has flown back to the UK from the club's tour of America in order to complete the transfer.
    The Croatia international is scheduled to undergo his medical and sort out personal terms in Liverpool on Saturday.
    Brendan Rodgers has been pursuing a deal for Lovren all summer with the 25-year-old his number one defensive target.
    If everything goes to plan Lovren will link up with the Reds squad in either New York or Charlotte next week.

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    The Argentinian winger has a release clause in his contract with the Portugese champions and has impressed while helping Benfica reach successive Europa League finals and also win the Primeira League last season.
    Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers is reported to have made a £14.2m bid for Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, claims Swiss paper Blick .
    The 22-year-old performed well at the World Cup, bagging a hat-trick for Switzerland in the group stages, but struggled for regular game time with the Bundesliga champions last season.
    The chances of Arturo Vidal moving to Anfield have receded though with Juventus now expecting to keep hold of the Chile midfielder.
    The Express reports that Juventus chief Beppe Marotta thinks it very unlikely the 27-year-old will leave Turin.
    He said when asked if he would be surprised if Vidal left: “Absolutely yes. It is a very remote chance, considering what the lad is like, and so I’m not even considering the possibility.
    “The situation around him is typical of the transfer market when several big clubs admire him. Vidal exploded in a fairly unexpected way over the last two years to become one of the most important players in the world.
    “He is naturally linked to big clubs, but I’ll point out Juventus are a big club too and we intend to hold on tight. I don’t get the sensation he wants to leave us.”
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Fee of £20m agreed between Southampton and Liverpool for Dejan Lovren

Lovren fee of £20m agreed between Saints and Liverpool

Lovren fee of £20m agreed between Saints and Liverpool

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Liverpool have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £20m for Saints defender Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian centre half has long been angling for a move to Anfield, after the Premier League runner-ups' interest in him was revealed.

At one point, he even threatened to not return to Staplewood following the World Cup in a bid to force through the move to Liverpool.

Manger Ronald Koeman said last week that he was prepared to let Lovren go if the Reds met Saints' asking price, as he did not want players at Southampton who did not want to be there.

He will be the third Southampton player to swap the South Coast for the North West this summer, following in the footsteps of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

In total, Liverpool have paid Saints around £49m for the three players, which is half of the total outlay Brendan Rodgers has put on seven new signings.

Lovren joined Saints from French side Lyon for a fee of £8.5m last summer.

It is understood he will undergo a medical tomorrow before finalising the move.

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