We are building up to tonight’s FA Cup action at Home Park where Liverpool will be taking on Plymouth Argyle in an FA third-round replay, but amidst all of that is our daily transfer roundup, which today only features news on the exit front.
Lucas offered a return to Brazil
For many a Liverpool fan, Lucas Leiva has been leaving the Merseyside club for a number of years now, so much so that a few of us have given him the nickname Lucas ‘Leaver’ (get it?)
The Brazilian midfielder has been linked with, what feels like countless, moves away from Anfield, with European clubs such as Inter most recently mentioned as his possible destination. This time, though, it seems as though a move back to his native country beckons as, according to a report by Rário 98FM, via the Mirror, Lucas has reportedly had an offer to sign for Atletico Mineiro during the January transfer window.
However, and even with 18 months left on his current deal, the report goes on to mention that Lucas would also prefer to stay in Europe. With the midfielder clearly in no rush to leave his current European club in Liverpool, and manager Jürgen Klopp somehow finding a role in the squad for him, it seems the fact that Lucas has been an ever-present Red isn’t set to change anytime soon.
Sakho on Palace radar
Another man who has been a ‘Leaver’, for the past eight months or so, is Mamadou Sakho.
The French defender, who has found himself out of the Liverpool squad following a fall-out with Klopp, is highly expected to leave the club this month and has been previously linked with transfers to Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion and Sevilla, amongst others.
While those links have easily faded away, largely due to the £20 million valuation that the Reds have slapped on him, Crystal Palace have still emerged as potential suitors, according to The Daily Mail.
The South Londoners, who are without a win in seven league games, have confirmed through manager Sam Allardyce that they’re on the look-out for a few signings this month and with Sakho available, they could be ready to make a move for him.
The vital question to answer, though, will be: is chairman Steve Parish willing to pull out that £20 million?
We’ll find out.