Serie A giants close to signing Liverpool star for cut-price fee

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has agreed personal terms on a contract with Roma ahead of a proposed move to the Serie A giants this summer, it has been claimed in Italy.

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The former Southampton man has fallen behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the pecking order at Anfield and will be allowed to leave the club for first-team football elsewhere as long as the deal is right for all parties.

Roma are now leading the race for the former Southampton man, and have opened talks with Liverpool over a potential deal.

With the addition of add-ons, Liverpool expect to recoup nearly all of the £20m fee they paid Southampton five years ago for the Croatia global, who is contracted until 2021.

However, there were other supporters who think letting Lovren leave at this point in the season would be foolish given that the club are looking to compete for major honours. THey next face Chelsea on August 14, 2019, in the UEFA Super Cup.

Over on the player's side of things, Gazzetta believe the defender has "found the agreement" with the Serie A side, reducing his wages to ensure the move goes through and he can guarantee himself more first-team football than what is now occasionally handed to him at Anfield.

They did similar with Lucas Leiva, who joined Lazio in 2017, and Simon Mignolet, who completed a move to Club Brugge earlier this month.

Klopp wants to have a clearer pathway for Sepp van den Berg, the highly rated 17-year-old, to develop at the club and knows Fabinho is also a solid option at the heart of defence.

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