Goal have claimed that Dejan Lovren’s move to AS Roma has fallen through despite very advanced talks, with Liverpool becoming frustrated at Roma’s negotiating tactics.
Roma had agreed to pay £15million up front for 30-year-old defender Lovren, with Liverpool reluctantly accepting that such a fee would be acceptable. Liverpool have wanted to keep him, but are aware he is fourth choice.
However, Roma altered their offer and looked to sign the former Southampton defender on a loan-to-buy deal. It has frustrated Liverpool, who are of the belief that Roma are trying to ‘unsettle’ Lovren and sign him on the cheap.
It appears that Lovren will not be moving to Roma, now, with the Italian side looking at Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida and Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo. AC Milan are still keen on Lovren.
TBR’s view – Lovren is worth more to Liverpool, than £15m
Yes, Lovren may be tempted to leave Anfield after only being afforded just 18 appearances in all competitions. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk are considered ahead of Lovren in the pecking order.
Lovren is still an important part of Liverpool’s side and is likely to get a similar amount of appearances this season, especially with Gomez and Matip renowned for the odd injury here and there.
He is worth more to Liverpool than £15million, even if his market value is around that figure.