According to reports, Lucas Leiva has agreed to a move to Turkish stalwarts Galatasaray worth £2.2 million.
If the reports coming out of Turkey are correct, Lucas Leiva will indeed leave Liverpool at the end of the 2016/17 season. Turkish outlet Sabah claims that the Brazilian midfielder-come-defender has agreed a £2.2 million deal with Galatasaray and will arrive at the club ahead of next season.
There is however, an air of confusion over whether the veteran will leave on a Bosman or for a small fee as Sabah’s report contradicts James Pearce’s previous claims of Lucas’ deal not expiring until 2018.
The Brazilian has been forthcoming previously about his realisation that he is getting too old for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool revolution and that while he loves the club, he has to think about his long-term future too.
“I have always been very honest in terms of the trust with him,” he told the Liverpool ECHO back in January.
“I had a few options to go. I have to think about my long-term. I know I don’t have many years left here. I have to start to think about it.“
Lucas continued, “Liverpool is a place I love, there is no doubt about that but this is more about thinking about my future as well. Game time, things like I this. I have to deal with it.”
With Klavan, Matip and Lovren all ahead of Lucas in the pecking order at the back, midfield opportunities lacking and his legs giving up on him more and more by the game, it only makes sense for Lucas to move on while he still has offers of a decent standard and if he does go in the summer, I wish him nothing but the best.