Liverpool will have to pay Roma £37million if they want to sign Miralem Pjanic as Steven Gerrard’s replacement in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
And they would also have to offer £160,000 a week to make the Bosnian the club’s new highest earner in order to make the deal happen.
Brendan Rodgers has identified Pjanic as the midfielder to take over from Gerrard when he departs for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, and made a personal trip to Rome for a scouting mission last week.
Rodgers is understood to have held talks with Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini last week, whilst also registering his interest in two other Roma players – central midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 26, and attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic, 23.
But it is 24-year-old Pjanic who has emerged as the top target, although the two parties are understood to be miles apart in their valuation.
The Reds are eager to do a deal for £20million, whilst Roma value Pjanic at £37million having turned down a deal of £25million from PSG for his services in the summer.
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