Lucas Leiva has been linked heavily with a move to recently promoted Newcastle United and a reunion with former Reds manager Rafa Benitez. 

Reports coming out of the North East suggest that Rafa Benitez, the man responsible for originally bringing Lucas to Liverpool from Gremio in a £5m deal, wants a reunion with the Brazilian.

The ex-Liverpool manager is said to be keen on using the midfielder’s experience to his advantage as they bid to retain their Premier League status by avoiding relegation.

The midfielder has also expressed interest in a possible return to his former club in Brazil if his Liverpool career is to come to an end this summer but it is thought that wage demands could be an issue.

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The ECHO report that Liverpool are not actively seeking bids for the Brazilian with Jürgen Klopp still seeing his experience and versatility as important to the squad, especially with the extra football to come this campaign in Europe. However, if Lucas and his agent come to an agreement with a club that suits all parties, then he will be allowed to leave out of respect for his 10 years of service to the club.

A fee is said to be dependent on “the circumstances of the club involved,” but that if he is to bring his Anfield career to an end, the club would likely ask for £4-5m.

Lucas made 31 appearances across 2016/17, starting in 19 of those matches and filling both the centre back and defensive midfield positions. He’s turned out 346 times for the Reds since arriving 10 years ago, scoring seven goals.

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