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.
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.