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Rumour: Rojo is Roma’s alternative to Lovren

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Roma has chosen Marcos Rojo as an alternative to Dejan Lovren.

There has been the talk for some time that Lovren was leaving Liverpool to seek regular first-team action.

Roma has been leading the chase since Kostas Manolas made a 30 mullion pound move to Napoli.

According to the Liverpool Echo, it appears now though, that Lovren may end up stuck at Liverpool after the Merseysiders appear to have walked away from any dealings with the Rome based club.

Liverpool placed a firm 15 million Euro price tag on the defender, with add-ons taking the deal to 20 million Euros.

After all the talk and all the public flirting. Roma has yet to make an official approach, and have sent messages of preferring a loan deal.

Liverpool and manager Klopp, are happy to keep the Croatian international as part of the squad.

The hope is of another successful year with progress into the latter stages of all tournaments. That will see the need for rotation and rest due to the number of games.

Paolo Fonseca has shortlisted two alternatives to Lovren, they are Marcos Rojo of United, and Domagoj Vida of Besiktas.

It remains to be seen if Roma and Fonseca can convince either United or Besiktas to part with either player under the terms they are looking for.

United pulled the plug on a loan deal for Argentine International Rojo to Everton on the last day of the transfer window. They prefer to cash in and close the door on the matter.

A lot will depend on the terms Roma is offering. United have seven players all vying for the same position. Rojo appears to be the odd man out.

United would love to recoup some of the 20 million Euros they paid for him back in 2014. But they would also be happy to get his 150,000 plus per week wage off the bill too.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 12, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)