Liverpool defender Glen Johnson could be on his way out of Anfield with Rome his next destination, as AS Roma prepare to offer the Englishman a deal to join the club in the summer, reports the Daily Star.
The right-back is set to enter the final six months of his deal in Merseyside, and with no contract talks scheduled, it appears that Liverpool are willing to lose the veteran on a free transfer.
Due to the Bosman ruling, Johnson can talk to overseas clubs as soon as January with his contract entering the final six months, which means he could accept a contract from any club before the end of the season.
If Roma were to offer Johnson a contract and he chose to accept it, he would then be set to join the Italian side in the Summer once his Liverpool deal expired.
Despite suffering heavy criticism from the club's fans, Johnson has been continuously backed by Brendan Rodgers, and his choice was rewarded at the weekend when the right-back scored a late winner against Stoke City at Anfield.
Most of the fans are believed to prefer Javier Manquillo at right-back over Johnson, but Rodgers is a fan of the Englishman's experience and continues to pick him in his back-line.
However, the club are not prepared to offer him a new deal without him taking a mega pay-cut.
Johnson is currently on £120k-a-week at Anfield and The Reds are not prepared to offer him the same weekly-salary if he was to sign a contract extension.
When asked about his future, Johnson admitted that talks are not going anywhere, but he insists that he won't crawl to the club for a new deal.
Johnson said: "I want to play for a club that wants me. I’ve seen some stuff that I have been offered half the money I am on. That’s not true. I haven’t been offered anything.
"Time goes very quick. I’ve enjoyed my time here, the majority of the six years. There have been some good times, some bad times. But if I haven’t got a contract, I can’t stay.
"It does play on your mind but you have to be professional and do your best. I respect my team-mates more than anyone.
"I'm not going to go crawling to anybody. They know where I am and they know the situation.
"There were minor talks at the end of last season but nothing that I could accept or reject.
"I don't worry about things that I can’t control. All I can keep doing is my job. Whatever will unfold will unfold.
"It’s not my business to talk to other clubs. I’m concentrating on winning for Liverpool. I want to respect my contract and that’s what I will do."
With no talks expected, that leaves Roma in pole position to land the right-back, who are prepared to match his current salary of £120k-a-week.
Roma officials will reportedly hold talks with Johnson in the New Year and will offer him a contract worth £120k-a-week in hope that he will agree to join them ahead of next season.
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