A return to former club Gremio is unlikely for Lucas Leiva as his wage demands and security expectations are too high for the Brazilian club.
Having just celebrated 10 years as a Liverpool player, Lucas Leiva will soon need to decide what the future holds for him in the world of football. The Brazilian has been linked with various moves to Turkey over the years but has never actually left the club.
I think that Lucas will end up staying to add depth at Liverpool but the media seems to think a move is on the cards for the no.21.
According to reports, Gremio is interested in resigning Lucas this summer but will face an uphill battle to get him to relocate under current circumstances. Brazilian outlet Zero Hora report that Lucas’ future at Anfield is in doubt with the number of offers that agent Kia Joorabchian has received.
As per The Express, “Lucas apparently earns £3million-a-season at Liverpool, but it is suggested he is looking for an improved £4.2m-a-season contract.” Gremio will struggle to pay the Liverpool man what he is demanding even though they are keen on a reunion.
Lucas commented on the thought of returning to Brazil, telling Zero Hora, “It’s not only the financial part that should be analysed but several factors that would take me some way to anticipate my return to Brazil.”
Lucas is also concerned about the security in Brazil with his experiences with Liverpool vastly different to what is the case back home.
He added, “Guarantees in football are difficult. But I need to feel a kind of tranquillity to return.
“Even because the scenario of Brazil today is not positive for a return in terms of security.”
Gremio chief Romildo Bolzan Junior even admitted that a deal for Lucas would be very difficult to pull off and doesn’t want Gremio fans to get too excited.
“Lucas Leiva is a player who is in the fans’ imagination,” he told Brazilian outlet UOL.
“He is a player that would be important to bring, we made an approach, but at the moment he is out of the possibilities.
“I’m not going to feed false expectations.
“It’s very difficult for Lucas Leiva to come to Gremio, we made an approach and the conditions are very difficult.”
At the end of the day, I think it would have to be a very attractive offer to entice Lucas to leave Liverpool. Although the Brazilian hasn’t played regular football for a long time, Merseyside has become his home and he could be convinced to stay and play a bit-part role next season with Liverpool likely to be in the Champions League for just the second time in eight years.
Given that there is a complete lack of experience in Liverpool’s squad as far as the Champions League is concerned, it would be very wise for Klopp to keep Lucas on and help the younger players like Coutinho and Emre Can and advise them on how to cope with the pressure against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Whatever happens, it will be very difficult to forget the loyalty and dedication shown over the years by Lucas.