Liverpool star Dejan Lovren’s wage level has all but ruled out a summer transfer to Bayer Leverkusen, it has been reported in Germany.

He has dropped down the pecking order of centre-halfs at Liverpool and the club are prepared to let him go ahead of the European summer transfer deadline on 2nd September.

Roma came close to landing him and even put an offer in, but the talks broke down and the Croatian defender has continued to remain at Anfield.

Leverkusen have been connected with an interest in the 30-year-old, but Lovren is unlikely to move to the Bundesliga club this summer.

According to a German daily Bild, he currently takes home €9 million per year at Liverpool and Die Werkself would be in no position to shoulder his salary.

The centre-back also wants to play in the UEFA Champions League and it is reported to be unlikely he’ll agree to a pay cut to move to Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen management are in a position to pay the €3 million loan fee Liverpool would demand, but the star’s salary means any summer deal is almost off the table.

It remains to be seen whether he agrees to take a big reduction with the end of the transfer market fast approaching.

In other news, Rangers have made a new bid, of a loan with an obligation to buy for £6 million, for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, Football Insider claims.

He flourished in a successful loan stint with Steven Gerrard’s side last term, scoring six goals in 27 league matches and adding a further four assists.