Glen Johnson set for AS Roma switch

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Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson, could be on his way out of Anfield and on his way to AS Roma in a deal worth £2million, according to the Daily Star.

The England international, who has been at the Merseyside club since 2009, has fallen down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers due to the emergence of Jon Flanagan from the youth set-up, and also the arrival of Javier Manquillo, who has come in on loan from Spanish side, Atletico Madrid, for the season.

Liverpool arrival

Johnson burst onto the Premier League scene during his days at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea in 2003, after arriving from West Ham United. After leaving The Blues and joining Portsmouth, his performances stepped up a notch and attracted the Reds.

Then, in 2009, The Reds decided to fork out £17.9million in order to land the right-back, making him one of the club's most expensive signings.

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Liverpool decline

Despite becoming one of Liverpool's regulars since arriving back in 2009, Johnson's place in the first-team has come under real scrutiny in recent seasons, with many of the Reds fans losing patience and faith in the 30-year-old.

Johnson has been heavily criticised by some of the fans at Anfield and has since lost his starting spot to Manquillo, who is currently on a season-long loan in Merseyside, with a view to making it permanent next season.

The decline of Johnson hasn't been aided by his injury issues, which has seen him miss plenty of action in the past two seasons, but with just 12 months left on his contract in Merseyside, it's believed it will be his final year at the club.

Contract issues

As mentioned, Johnson has now entered the final 12-months of his current deal at Liverpool, and with no talks expected to be in place, the right-back could start talking to overseas clubs in January, meaning a move to AS Roma could be arranged in the New Year.

Roma interest

The Italian side have shown interest in signing Johnson, and could be willing to offer £2m in order to sign him in January, rather than wait a further few months to sign him on a free transfer.

However, the Serie A side will face serious competition from Real Madrid and Queens Park Rangers, who are both interested in signing the 30-year-old.

Stumbling block

A potential issue in the move to Roma could be Johnson's contract demands.

The Englishman is currently earning £100k-a-week at Liverpool, and if he were to move clubs, he would have to take a significant pay-cut, with Roma not willing to meet his six-figure salary.

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