Serie A challengers Roma are set to land Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren in a £23 million deal.
Reports in Italy say that Lovren is open to the move, having fallen down the pecking order at Anfield. The Croatia international is yet to feature this season, and is behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in boss Jurgen Klopp’s thinking.
Calciomercato has said that Roma are negotiating a deal that would see Lovren move for an initial £15 million, but that could rise to £23 million with add-ons.
Boss Paulo Fonseca is looking for defensive reinforcements as the side look to topple Juventus from their perch as champions.
Lovren joined Liverpool for £20 million from Southampton in 2014 and has made 170 appearances for the Reds. However, he appeared just 18 times last year.
Klopp wouldn’t be drawn on Lovren’s future earlier this week. When asked about his omission from the squad for the European Super Cup, the German said Lovren was ill.
Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho is set for a sensational move back to his former club Liverpool, according to reports.
Brazilian star Coutinho left Anfield for Barcelona in January 2018 for £142 million after a protracted transfer battle. However, his time in the Catalan capital has not been a happy one, with injuries and a loss of form ensuring he hasn’t made the impact that was hoped for.
Now, with Antoine Griezmann joining Barca from Atletico Madrid, Coutinho could be pushed further down the pecking order.
However, former club Liverpool could offer him a way out of his Camp Nou nightmare. Italian news site Calciomercato have reported that the Reds have put together an offer of a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy for £88 million.
Calciomercato also report that Coutinho is keen on this deal. His agent, Kia Joorabchan, has previously hinted that his charge would find it difficult to play for another Premier League club.
This would appear to be a blow to Manchester United, who have also been linked with the player in recent weeks.
Yet Coutinho could get stay at Barcelona. Joorabchan also said that Barca bosses have no intention of selling him and have not spoken to any parties about this.
Make of that what you will. Coutinho might be on his way out of Barcelona. Or not. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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