AS Roma are working towards another move for Dejan Lovren, according to reports. The Italians failed with a bid for the Croatian last summer.
Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that Roma view Lovren as a target this summer, should Chris Smalling leave. They actually put the Liverpool man above Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Verthongen as a potential target.
That appears to be purely based on age, though. Verthongen is now 33, with Lovren not quite 31 yet, meaning the latter is a much better investment for a side.
And Roma have previous with Lovren. The Italians apparently tried to sign him on loan last year for a little over £2.5m with a purchase option of £13m.
That didn’t go through, however, as Liverpool wanted more and Roma weren’t convinced. Now, though, the Italians see Lovren as an option once again.
What RTK has to say
No one should be surprised to see Lovren leave this summer. In all honesty, it was surprising that he stayed last summer in the first place.
He only played 18 games in 18/19, a number that he almost certainly won’t match this campaign (currently on 14). Those numbers are a long way down from 43 in 17/18 and simply put, Lovren is now firmly fourth-choice in defence.
This is his sixth season at Anfield since arriving for £20m but it will surely be his last. He just doesn’t get the games and can command a small fee in any sale.
And that fee, combined with getting his wages off the books, will likely hold more value than another season of Lovren. If Roma want him, Liverpool should look for a sale.