Starting off as an alternative for AS Roma in their quest to sign Toby Alderweireld, Dejan Lovren is now reportedly ‘in pole’ for the centre-back job with the Serie A side.

This is how Gazzetta dello Sport present it on Thursday, claiming the 30-year-old is ‘ready to accept’ a transfer to Italy due to his lack of appearances under Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool last season.

Originally valued at around €20m, it’s believed the cost of the operation would be €12-13m thanks to the ‘optimal relationship’ between Roma and the Anfield club following successful deals for Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker.

Alderweireld is once again mentioned as the favoured option, but considering Spurs are refusing to lower their asking price, the Croatian is increasingly starting to look like a viable option.

However, Il Messaggero reckon the quest for the Belgium international isn’t over, and a (probably final) offer is expected to be made before the Premier League transfer window shuts on August 8th.

If that doesn’t work, then they’ll fall back on Lovren, who would be cheaper but wouldn’t bring as much to Roma as Alderweireld.