Bayer Leverkusen set to make approach for €20m-rated Liverpool defender

Bayer Leverkusen are keen on a loan move for the out-of-favour Dejan Lovren, according to BILD.

Lovren, who’s fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, looked set to join Roma in search of more minutes.

The Serie A side had reportedly indicated a willingness to meet our €20million valuation but then failed to produce a concrete offer, which the Reds perceived as an attempt to unsettle the player.

Even though that the deal has collapsed, Lovren could still be on his way out.

Leverkusen want him on a temporary basis, initially at least, and are said to be willing to stoke up a €3million loan fee.

Apparently, they intend to bring in an experienced defender to shore-up their backline after shipping two goals to newly-promoted Paderborn on the opening day of the season.

It’s an attractive proposition for Lovren, with the possibility of continuing to play Champions League football.

Leverkusen have until the beginning of September to finalise a deal if indeed their interest is concrete.

As for Liverpool, Melissa Reddy has reported that the club will promote summer arrival Sepp van den Berg up the ranks in the event of Lovren’s departure.