Liverpool’s Lovren agrees terms on Roma loan with £23m option to buy
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren ‘agrees terms with Roma for season-long loan with £23m option to buy’
- Dejan Lovren has fallen down to fourth choice centre-back at Liverpool
- Roma have obligation to buy him for £23m if he plays a certain amount of games
- New signing Sepp van der Berg or fellow youngster Ki-Jana Hoever could fill void
Dejan Lovren is set to make his Liverpool departure with Roma in line to sign the centre-back on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
The Croatian has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and at fourth choice sees the move to Serie A as an ideal way to gain more first team football.
As part of the loan deal, Roma will have to buy Lovren at the end of the season for £23million if he plays a certain amount of games, according to Sky Italia.
Dejan Lovren is set to leave Liverpool for Roma on loan and they will have an option to buy him
He has agreed terms with the Giallorossi and Liverpool have been ‘inclined’ to accept the offer.
Roma’s move comes after being priced out of a move for Toby Alderweireld having not moved quick enough to pounce on his temporary £25m release clause at Tottenham Hotspur over the summer.
They also distanced themselves from a move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
Liverpool will be keen to bag the potential £23m for the 30-year-old who still has two years to run on his existing contract.
Lovren, who joined the club in 2014, has fallen down to fourth choice among the centre-backs
He joined the club in 2014 from Southampton and after a slow start became a prominent figure in the back four before seeing his playing time reduce last season – appearing in just 18 games.
His departure will allow one of Klopp’s promising young stars to step into a fourth choice behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Sepp van der Berg could feature, with the 17-year-old arriving in the summer in a deal worth £4.4million while fellow Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever could also step up having made his first team debut in an FA Cup clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers last term.
Ki-Jana Hoever could now step up to fill the void left by Lovren at the Reds
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