According to L’Équipe, Olympique Lyonnais have reached an agreement with Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who is set to arrive at the club within the next few days – there was six months remaining on his contract with Zenith Saint-Petersburg.
The former Liverpool man is set to return to the club where he played from 2010 to 2013, and is set to become the first major signing of the Laurent Blanc era. The new Lyon boss only yesterday revealed that he wanted players with “experience, aggression, and character” during his press conference before facing Clermont tomorrow – as it looks as if he got his wish, with Lovren expected to sign in the next couple of days. They will however have to reach an agreement with Zenit St Petersburg over a small transfer fee with six months remaining on the contract of the Croate.
Lovren made 72 appearances for Lyon in his previous spell in Ligue before a move to Premier League Southampton for the 2013/14 season, after which he moved to Liverpool until 2020.
GFFN | George Boxall