Bayer Leverkusen could be ready to offer Dejan Lovren a way out of Liverpool.
The 30-year old Croat, who has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, had been linked with a move to Italy and Serie A club Roma. However, they were deterred by his £1 million signing-on fee, and the deal ultimately collapsed, leading to suggestions that the World Cup finalist was set to remain at Anfield.
Now Bundesliga side Leverkusen have entered the picture. They are in need of defensive reinforcements, and are ready to take Lovren on a season-long loan, paying a £2.5 million fee to bring him to Germany.
The stumbling block are his wages. Lovren currently earns £8.1 million a year with Liverpool, and he is is not prepared to compromise on this figure, which may be too much for the German club.
The former Southampton man has made 170 appearances for Liverpool since joining them in 2014, but finds himself in the queue for a first-team place behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip.
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