€3 million bid for Lucas; Flanagan close to Burnley switch; Brad Smith closing in on £6 million Bournemouth move

Liverpool could sell Lucas Leiva to Galatasaray for €3 million, Jon Flanagan is very close to joining Burnley on loan and Brad Smith is on the verge of moving to Bournemouth for £6 million.

According to the Aksam newspaper, a €3 million bid has been tabled for Lucas Leiva by Galatasaray regardless of the Brazilian’s recent hamstring injury. Liverpool’s current longest serving player is set to miss the beginning of the 2015/16 season through injury but could move away from the club before the season opener at the Emirates on the 14th of August.

The Turkish club are prepared to pay Lucas €2.5 million a year, which is just under what his transfer fee could be. A move to Galatasaray could appear simultaneously appealing and unattractive. If Lucas were to move to Turkey he would be playing in the Champions League again which is the dream for any professional footballer.

What may turn Lucas off to the move is Turkey’s political instability with recent coup attempts leaving 265 dead, according to the IndependentBut money talks so if the Brazilian is keen on a move away from Anfield then it is likely he’ll head off to Galatasaray as opposed to Newcastle.

It was reported by the Telegraph that Rafa Benitez was interested in linking up with Lucas again after their time together at Liverpool. The Spaniard signed Lucas from Gremio in 2007 for £5 million.

Suggestions that Lucas could be leaving should be setting off alarm bells in any Liverpool supporter’s mind. With Joe Allen joining Stoke City for £13 million it would leave Liverpool entirely without a natural holding midfielder. If Lucas does indeed did depart then it has to become a priority for the club to sign an established defensive midfielder.

Liverpool are continuing with the thinning out of the squad ahead of the 2016/17 season with the latest player to near an exit being none other than homegrown Jon Flanagan. The Scouser is having a medical with Burnley ahead of a loan move which will spend the entirety of the 2016/17 season on loan with the Clarets.

The news of Flanagan’s medical comes from Empire of the Kop.

The move comes at a time where Flanagan will have had a serious think about his future at the club and decided that it was better to play regular football than to hope for an opportunity due to injury to one of Alberto Moreno or Nathaniel Clyne.

Time will tell if Flanagan will live to regret his decision with Andre Wisdom being an example of a fullback who went out on loan and was unable to make his way back into the side. Out sight, out of mind, eh?

I understand that you’re probably on this site on purpose and know a great deal about Liverpool. However, if you’re inexperienced with the way the Reds operate it is worth pointing out that it’s typical for the club to make an already present and serious issue more pressing.

Liverpool are short on quality in the left back department with Alberto Moreno being very disappointing in his first two seasons on Merseyside. To make things worse, Brad Smith is on the verge of agreeing a permanent move away from Liverpool.

The Guardian is reporting that Smith is on the verge of joining Bournemouth for £6 million.

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