Liverpool are set to let defender Glen Johnson depart in January for a nominal fee, with AS Roma set to capture the former England international, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
His contract with the Anfield club expires at the end of the current season, and he has been unable to agree terms on a new contract.
Liverpool are not willing to keep paying his humongous pay check, and as a result, offered him a deal that included a massive 50 percent pay cut.
As a result, Johnson is set to reject that contract offer and instead make a move to Roma in January.
The Italian side, who need reinforcements to sustain their challenge for the Scudetto against the dominating Juventus, want to bring him in in January.
As a result, they will try and agree a transfer fee with Liverpool, possibly for only a nominal price, allowing him to move mid-season.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is a reported target for Italian side Roma, with the capital city club interested in bringing him in to join compatriot Ashley Cole at the Stadio Olimpico, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Johnson’s contract with the Anfield club expires at the end of the season, and rather than seeing him depart on a free transfer, Liverpool could let him go for around £2 million in January, a cut price fee for a player who has commanded considerable sums in the past.
Roma signed Ashley Cole this summer, bringing the experienced left back in from Chelsea on a free transfer, and with Johnson sharing an agent with the former Arsenal man, Roma are considering another move for an English full back.
Johnson himself is said to be interested in a move abroad, especially given the fact that no Premier League side would be willing to match the huge £110,000 a week wage he currently earns at Liverpool.
Juventus are reportedly interested in bringing Glen Johnson to Serie A, and the Italian giants believe they can capture him on a free transfer, with the right back’s contract at Anfield set to expire at the end of the season, as reported by Italian outlet Tuttosport.
Johnson has become something of a figure of fun at Liverpool over the last year, and is considered to be one of the weaker links in Brendan Rodgers’s side.
The fact that Juventus are potentially interested is not an exceptional surprise, with a series of English full backs having moved to Serie A this summer, including former England teammates Ashley Cole and Micah Richards, who moved to Roma and Fiorentina respectively.
Johnson’s place in the Liverpool first team is now somewhat under threat from Javier Manquillo, who joined the club on loan from Atletico Madrid this summer. Manquillo has impressed in the small amount of football that he has played for Liverpool thus far this season.