On Wednesday, we relayed news from Germany that Bayer Leverkusen had turned their attention to Dejan Lovren to bolster their defence.

The centre-back had already seen a move to AS Roma collapse at the last minute because he asked for a €1m signing on fee, at least allegedly, and was running short of exit avenues from Anfield.

Yet to be used this season by Jürgen Klopp and featuring only 18 times in all competitions last season, the Croatia international is in need of more minutes, especially as he nears the back end of his career.

The 30-year-old was said to be a candidate for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, but Bild now report there might be a few issues with getting a deal over the lines.

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Those are, namely, his wages, as he is believed to be earning around €9m/year at Anfield, which is deemed ‘too much’ for the Bundesliga side.

It’s stated it’s ‘unlikely’ Lovren, who wants to play in the Champions League, will reduce his demands, meaning that, for the time being, things are at an impasse.

On the club side of things, the €3m fee demanded by Liverpool ‘would be feasible’ for Bayer, and it appears to be solely when it comes to personal terms that a stumbling block has been encountered.