According to the Daily Star, AS Roma are confident of signing Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson, in the New Year.
The England international has suffered from serious injury problems in the last couple of seasons, and his lack of regular football has cost him and he is now struggling to cement a first-team spot under Brendan Rodgers.
As well as struggling for appearances, Johnson isn't seen as a suitable option by most fans, who all seem to want him out of the club sooner rather than later.
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After their busy Summer, Liverpool signing Javier Manquillo on loan from Atletico Madrid, who is favoured by the fans, and who could make his loan-deal a permanent one next Summer, meaning the club could lose Johnson.
The Reds also have Jon Flanagan coming through the ranks, who broke into the first-team last season, and he could be seen as a suitable replacement for Johnson if the Englishman does leave.
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The former Chelsea and Portsmouth defender is entering the final few months of his current deal, and after confirming that talks are not taking place, the veteran could be set to leave on a free in the Summer.
Due to the Bosman Ruling, Johnson could officially hold talks with Roma as soon as January, when he enters the final six-months of his deal, and he could agree a deal in principle with the Serie A side.
The 30-year-old is set to leave Anfield after contract talks stalled, and with him being on an impressive £120k-a-week, it's likely that officials at the Merseyside club will allow the full-back to leave.
However, Roma are prepared to pay that for Johnson and are keen to discuss terms with him in January.
Garcia is keen on strengthening the club's defence, especially after their shambolic performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, where they were thumped 7-1 at home, and he sees Johnson as a suitable option.
According to reports, Garcia is happy to pay a big contract for the 30-year-old as they like his versatility across the back-line.
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