In the last few days, Lucas Leiva has been linked with a move to Turkey with Galatasaray thought to be interested in acquiring the Brazilian’s services for the 2016/17 season.
The country’s recent political turbulence hasn’t suspended transfer goings-on with Fotomac claiming that the two clubs have already found an agreement to loan Lucas for one year to the Turkish club. There will be further negotiations today to discuss wages.
As usual with the exit of Liverpool players, the issue is that Galatasaray don’t want to pay his €3 million-a-year wages. In order for a move to be completed it is likely Lucas will need to take a salary cut of €0.6 million.
Lucas has found himself on the outskirts since Emre Can’s rise to prominence last season and with the signing of Marko Grujic it is likely that Liverpool’s current most loyal servant will be further restricted when it comes to game time.
In April, while speaking to the Liverpool Echo, John Aldridge offered an alternate approach:
“He [Lucas] an option now at centre back, for sure. Modern centre don’t have to be 6ft 5in – look at Mascherano at Barcelona – but they need to read the game and be able to communicate. Lucas can do that, for sure”.
This is exactly what happened last season with Lucas making 3 appearances at centre-half and proving his competence when dropped slightly deeper. His efficiency and a resurgence from Kolo Toure saw Martin Skrtel, now departed to Fenerbache, left cold on the bench.
It is still a matter of time before anything concrete is decided but Lucas’ rumoured departure begs the question: should Liverpool sell Joe Allen if Lucas is leaving?