Chelsea are interested in signing Lyon centre back Dejan Lovren but will face competition from Roma according to the Daily Express.
Louvren has attracted a host of top of top European clubs with impressive displays this season, particularly against Tottenham in the Europa League. Liverpool, Everton and AC Milan are said to be interested but Chelsea are leading the race.
Lovren started his career at Dinamo Zagreb where he won two league titles. He moved to Lyon for €8m in 2010 and has established himself as one of the best defenders in the French league.
Chelsea can offer Champions League football
He won the Coupe de France in 2011 but the club have struggled to challenge for the title since Qatar Investment Authority turned Paris Saint-Germain into a major force after buying a controlling share of the club in 2011.
Chelsea hope that Lovren will see more chances to win a title at Stamford Bridge than at Lyon. They are also more likely to be able to offer Champions League football on a regular basis as only three French teams qualify for Europe’s elite competition.
Youth and experience on his side
The 23-year-old has recently signed a contract extension at Lyon that will keep him at the club until 2016. However, that hasn’t put the Blues off as they are determined to look to the future by bringing in experienced young players.
Lovren ticks both boxes as he has already played 17 times for the Croatia senior team and has club honours to his name.
The news will come as a blow to Chelsea captain John Terry who has fallen behind in the pecking order at the club. It seems that Chelsea are determined to phase out the old guard who have been part of the club’s most successful era in favour of younger players who can lead the club into the future.