Another day, another potential development in the Dejan Lovren to Roma story, with the latest twist being there might not be a deal to be done after all—which would be good news to fans worried about heading into the season with five senior defenders for four positions.
Just 48 hours after the 30-year-old Croatian centre half was left off the travelling squad with rumours a move was near, and 24 hours after it was rumoured Roma were trying to sign him on a cut-rate loan-to-buy deal, there is talk now that Lovren’s Serie A move could be off.
At least that’s the story according to Football Insider, who claim that a source at Liverpool has told them the club aren’t entirely convinced by Roma’s loan-to-buy approach and that the veteran will only be departing if it’s an outright sale and if their fee demands are met.
On that front, in addition to seeking an initial loan—with it not clear what stipulations may have been attached that could have allowed Roma to back out of a purchase next summer—previous reports suggested the Italians were short of the overall fee Liverpool wanted.
Given the pace with which this transfer tale has changed over the past couple of days, though—not to mention the unreliability of the source for this latest twist in it—we’re rather expecting the Lovren situation to be completely different again by this time tomorrow.
What does seem clear is that, for the right price, Liverpool are willing to sell. And Roma are interested, while Lovren is open to a move that would guarantee starting minutes. It’s in the details and questions of just how close any deal is to getting done that things get fuzzy.