Rumours of the departure of a Liverpool centre-half appear to be gathering pace after an Italian report named the fee it would cost to facilitate his Anfield exit.
Dejan Lovren is the man in question, with his long-term future under Jurgen Klopp seemingly up in the air after falling down the pecking order at the back.
With Virgil van Dijk the undisputed first choice at centre-half, Klopp has often looked to pair the Dutch colossus up with either Joel Matip or the ever-improving Joe Gomez.
The recipient of just 22 league appearances over the last two years, speculation of an Anfield exit has persistently popped up.
No fewer than four London clubs were recently alleged to have been interested, though a switch to Serie A appears the most likely scenario, with a move to Roma frequently touted.
The men from the Italian capital now appear as though they’ll be short a centre-back next season after the latest report revealed the Giallorossi have drawn a frustrating conclusion over their prospects of landing a current Man Utd defender on a permanent deal.
That led to Lovren being touted as one of three possible replacements at the Stadio Olimpico, and the latest report from Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport has taken things a step further.
The publication (via Sport Witness) note the potential deal worth around the €10m mark would be well within Roma’s budget irrespective of whether they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The club are described as ‘continuing to keep the contact alive with his [Lovren’s] entourage,‘ amid hopes of snapping up the out-of-favour Croatian veteran.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have opened talks with Inter Milan over the transfer of a £52m midfield maestro. but are set to face a tough battle in order to get their man.
The Reds were enjoying a dominant domestic campaign before the season was suspended, closing in on their first top-flight title success in 30 years.
But despite that, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is refusing to rest on his laurels and is looking to upgrade the one position in the Liverpool team that is sometimes up for debate.
While Jordan Henderson has been a dominant force this season and Gini Wijnaldum a consistent performer, the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho have not quite had the same impact – leading Klopp to move for reinforcements.