According to Il Sussidiario, AS Roma want Dejan Lovren as part of any deal that would take Nicolo Zaniolo to Liverpool.
The Reds are said to be interested in the former Golden Boy nominee, with a reported fee of around €50m (£44.8m) to €60m (£53.8m) mentioned by Il Sussidiario.
The Giallorossi have previously been linked with a move for Lovren (Corriere di Roma via Calciomercato) and this latest report says that they hope to sign the Croatian as a sweetener in any potential deal.
Had it not been for a cruciate ligament rupture earlier this campaign, we may have heard a lot more about Zaniolo in recent weeks and months. Even at the age of just 20, he has 60 appearances for the club from the Italian capital under his belt, with two goals in five caps for Italy as well.
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Dejan Lovren, meanwhile, is far from a popular figure at Anfield, having been berated by portions of the club’s fanbase in the past. He has also become a bit-part player in more recent months, with Joe Gomez having become Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man alongside Virgil van Dijk, as per Transfermarkt.
With the £14.4m-valued former Southampton man appearing to have no long-term future at Liverpool, this could be the perfect opportunity for Michael Edwards to move him on and bring in some exciting talent that will be around for a lot longer.
Liverpool fans, should the Reds offer Lovren as bait in order to try and sign Zaniolo? Let us know what you think by commenting below!
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