Despite getting closer to getting a deal over the line with Liverpool for Dejan Lovren, Roma’s attempt to get the Croatian to Italy appears to now be off.
Goal UK reported early on Friday the reason behind the collapsed move was the Reds’ growing frustrations at the Italians’ negotiation tactics, feeling they were attempting to lowball them.
However, in Italy, the story is completely different, with TuttoMercatoWeb claiming the transfer fell through because of Lovren himself.
Previous reports mentioned the Liverpool player’s agreement to lower his wages from €4m/year to €3m/year in order to get the deal over the line, but the website claim he then turned around and asked for that difference to be made up front as a signing bonus.
That caused Roma to pull out, clearly not happy with how the situation changed.
TuttoMercatoWeb report the Serie A side and Liverpool had agreed on a €3m up front loan with a view to buy at €12m that would have been made compulsory after 20 appearances.
There’s still time to fix this for both parties, and it could be Lovren has to renounce on that €1m to get the move away from Anfield he clearly wants.