Dejan Lovren appears to be nearing an exit, with the 30-year-old Croatian left off Liverpool’s travelling squad for the Super Cup against Chelsea and plenty of talk from club-connected journalists about a deal being in the works.
However, a claim today by Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport could signal that a deal isn’t quite done just yet, with the paper claiming Roma don’t have the cash on hand to pay for Lovren’s transfer this summer and want a loan instead.
They say that Roma would be willing to pay a €2M loan fee to bring Lovren to Italy this season and would then commit to paying a further €15M next summer to make the move permanent for a total transfer value of around €17M.
Liverpool, according to reports from the English side of things, continue to seek a deal that would guarantee them at least €15M and that could reach €20M with achievable add-ons—which the current Roma proposal doesn’t.
Meanwhile, AC Milan continue to lurk as a potential destination for Lovren, and while all the recent talk has been of him heading to Roma, if a deal cannot be agreed with them it’s possible a move there could be revived.