For the past few months, we’ve been covering stories saying that Roma want to sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on a permanent deal, but may have some trouble affording the transfer.

That’s why the Serie A side have started looking for other options in the transfer market, and it turns out that Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren could be an alternative.

It’s Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport who reports it, claiming that Roma see the 30-year-old as an affordable player for the summer window.

Since his contract with Liverpool expires in 2021, they think it’s possible to get him for a fair price so the Reds don’t run the risk of losing him for free next year.

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Gazzetta Dello Sport also claimed that the boards of Roma and Liverpool have a good relationship, and that’s an extra factor that could make the deal easier.

With only 14 appearances for the Reds this season, Lovren hasn’t been much used by manager Jurgen Klopp, besides having missed a few fixtures due to an injury.

So perhaps having a place in Roma’s team would motivate him to push for a move to Italy.