Roma in pole position to sign £65,000-a-week Liverpool centre-back

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren is reportedly edging closer to a move to Roma, and there could be a vital sacrifice made by the Giallorossi to secure a deal.

Croatia international may well be given the green light to move on by the German tactician this transfer window as he has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Given that the Reds are competing on several fronts for major honours though, it could be argued that they should keep Lovren to provide depth, but perhaps Dejan himself will be itching for a more prominent role and could favour an exit.

With that in mind, the Italian club are interested in prising him away from the Merseyside club and that he has emerged as their top target. The two clubs are said to be close to a deal, with the Reds demanding €20m, while Roma could offer a €2m initial loan move before making it permanent for €16m.

That would suggest that there is a minimal gap between the two sides, and importantly, the report goes on to suggest that Serie A giants could be willing to give up some of the bonuses still due to them from the English club in the deals for Mohamed Salah and Alisson.

In turn, that could convince the Merseyside club to reach an agreement, with the two clubs having excellent relations given the transfers completed between them in recent years. Croatian defender won the Champions League last season with Liverpool.