Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is an option for Roma this summer if they can’t secure a permanent deal for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.

Smalling is currently on loan at the Serie A side and has impressed, becoming a key player under manager Paulo Fonseca.

They are keen to turn his move into a permanent one, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, but funds are likely to be limited with the club facing potential losses of over €140m.

Smalling could thus be hard to secure, with United looking to make a healthy profit having been impressed by his resurgence in Italy.

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Should the defender return to Old Trafford, Roma will need to find an alternative and Lovren is one that they are interested in.

They were keen on the Liverpool defender a year ago and will return for him if they can’t get their number one target; Smalling.

Gazzetta don’t posit what sort of deal they would look to do with Liverpool, although it seems unlikely they would be able to offer a permanent move given the state of their finances.

It seems far more plausible that they’d look to secure a loan deal, as they did with Smalling, although whether Liverpool, who are smart negotiators when it comes to getting rid of players they don’t want, would accept such a deal is doubtful.