Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is set to remain at Anfield this summer after Roma decided against an immediate permanent move, according to Football Insider.
The reputable football outlet claimed that the Italian giants would prefer to seal a loan move for the Croatian enforcer, and remain interested in the 30-year-old.
Football Insider report that Liverpool are not interested in a loan-to-buy offer, and would much rather prefer to sanction a permanent exit for Lovren, who has been left out of the squad for Wednesday’s Super Cup final against Chelsea.
Roma have suggested that they wouldn’t be able to afford the £15million pricetag on Lovren’s head, and could move on to other targets should they not find a compromise with Liverpool.
With Italian sides having until the beginning of September to complete any transfers, it seems like this rollercoaster could continue for weeks. Roma have clearly had an interest in Lovren for months and with the Serie A club wishing for compromise, the Croatian could easily complete a move. Liverpool are right to remain stubborn in their negotiations as there aren’t many reasons for the Reds to let one of their most experienced players leave the club on loan. Should they receive anywhere near £15million for a player who only featured 13 times in the Premier League last season, it would be a masterstroke by Jurgen Klopp. With Joel Matip having ended the season impressively in both the league and the Champions League, and Joe Gomez having started the opener against Norwich City last week, Lovren is clearly not in the set up right now at Anfield. Ever since Lovren declared himself one of the best defenders in the world after reaching the World Cup final, his career ironically declined until this point, where Liverpool look set to cut ties.