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That’s according to The Times.

Gianluca di Marzio reported this week that AC Milan were weighing up an approach for the Croatian as the Italian giants undergo a series of changes.

Milan are set to make Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo their new manager after Gennaro Gattuso left his role as head coach after missing out on Champions League qualification despite having two years left on his contract.

Ahead of Giampaolo, Frederic Massara is expected to become the club’s new sporting director after Leonardo also resigned.

Former Roma chief Massara is reported to have held interest in Lovren while at the Stadio Olympic and could recommend the player at Milan.

The Times say Liverpool have yet to receive any contact from the Serie A side regarding the 29-year-old centre-back.

But it is claimed the Croatia international’s sale would not even be considered by the Merseyside outfit until bids were received in the region of £25m.

Lovren is only a back-up centre-back at Anfield but is one of the club’s longest-serving players and appears to remain happy at the club although he only played 18 times in 2018-19 for the Champions League winners, albeit partly because of injury problems.

It is said that Liverpool have no desire to push Lovren – who was an unused substitute in the Champions League final – away despite the fact he is only an understudy in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Lovren has made 170 appearances, scoring seven goals, in his five seasons at Liverpool since a £20m switch from Southampton in 2014.

He was kept out of the team by Joe Gomez in the first half of last season and when injury afforded him an opportunity to play alongside Virgil van Dijk, Lovren suffered his own fitness issues with Joel Matip then seeing out the bulk of the second-half of the campaign.

Lovren’s contract – which earns him in the region of £100,000-a-week – does not run out until the summer of 2021 but Liverpool have the option to extend his deal by another year.

Cameroon international Matip, meanwhile, has been discussing his future and insists he is “very comfortable” at the club.

The former Schalke defender ended the year with 31 appearances, missing just two Premier League matches after January 19 having been left on the bench.

Asked about a potential Bundesliga return later in his career in an interview with German publication Bild am Sonntag, Matip responded: ”In football nothing is impossible. At the moment I still have two years remaining in my contract here at Liverpool.

“After some problems and injuries at the beginning meanwhile I feel very comfortable here. And I’ve been more mature as a player and as a person here in England.”

Despite links to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt – who is believed to be the subject of a three-club transfer tussle between Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona – Liverpool boss Klopp is widely said to be happy with his current options at the back.

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