Italian website Il Sussidario have claimed that AS Roma may look to help Liverpool complete a move for wonderkid Nicolo Zaniolo, by proposing a player-plus-cash deal that sees Dejan Lovren go the other way.
Zaniolo, 20, has continued his burgeoning reputation this season with another excellent season – scoring six goals in 24 league and cup appearances. Despite his tender age, he has already clocked up 60 outings at senior level.
Certainly, Zaniolo has thrown himself onto the shortlists of a number of English clubs over the past couple of windows and Liverpool are being strongly linked this summer. He has a contract at Roma until the summer of 2024.
The report states that Zaniolo is valued between £45million and £54million, but Roma stand little chance of bringing that figure in for the Italy international – given the financial restraints placed on clubs due to the global health crisis.
So, a solution could be found with Roma keen on signing Lovren. The defender is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract, and Roma are willing to include the Croat in a deal to reduce the cash sum for Zaniolo.
TBR’s view – Deal makes complete sense
Liverpool are set to wave goodbye to Lovren sooner rather than later, with the chances of the former Southampton and Lyon star earning a new contract very slim. So, instead losing him for nothing, his value could be helpful.
Throwing him in a deal for Zaniolo – perhaps to replace loanee Chris Smalling if Roma cannot fund a deal for the England international – would make complete sense. In terms of Zaniolo, he would be a top, top signing.