Liverpool defender edges closer to exit as Serie A side close in

Dejan Lovren

Roma are set to step up their interest in Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, write Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in new tab).

The Croatia international has slipped down the centre-back pecking order at Anfield and looks set to depart in the coming weeks.

Although the Premier League transfer window closed on Thursday, European clubs are still able to buy new players until the end of August.

And Roma are keen to land Lovren on a loan deal with an option to buy for around £18.8m.

The Giallorossi have identified the former Southampton stopper as a potential replacement for Kostas Manolas, who has joined Napoli.

Lovren has made 170 appearances for the Reds since joining the club in 2014.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).