Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is close to completing a £23million move to Roma, according to reports in Italy.

The Croatia international is understood to be open to leaving Anfield after being demoted to the Reds’ fourth choice centre-back.

With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip firmly ahead of Lovren in Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order, Calcio Mercato reports that the 30-year-old has agreed to a switch to Italy.

Roma have been talks with the Liverpool over a potential transfer, with various reports indicating that the Premier League side value the defender at £15m .

And according to the Italian publication, the two clubs are moving closer to an agreement worth up to £23m when add-ons are included.



Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool in 2014

Lovren has made 170 appearances for the Merseyside club since joining in a £20m move from Southampton in 2014.

Despite being a regular in the Reds’ back-line in his first few years at Anfield, injuries and the strong performances of Matip, Van Dijk and Gomez saw the Croatian limited to just 18 appearances in all competitions last season.

And the centre-back is yet to make a first-team appearance this season after being left out of Klopp’s squad for the league opener against Norwich and Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea .



Lovren missed Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup win on Wednesday

Although exclusion from the squad which travelled Istanbul increased speculation that his time with the club could be coming to an end, Klopp insisted that his absence was not linked to his future.

When asked if Lovren was close to a departure, the Liverpool boss said: “No idea. We will see what happens. He is ill.”

Roma have stepped-up their interest in the defender, who was linked with a move to AC Milan earlier in the summer, as manager Paulo Fonseca looks to add a reliable centre-back to his squad.

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It comes after the Serie A club allowed Kostas Manolas to join Napoli in a £33m deal.

Despite the transfer window shutting for Premier League clubs to sign players, Italian sides, and rest of mainland Europe, have until September 2 to complete any deals.