Various reports indicate that Lucas Leiva could be closing in on a move to Lazio, which would see his 10 year Liverpool career come to an end.
Although Lucas Leiva has never been a world class midfielder, there is no disputing that the Brazilian has been an excellent servant to the club for the last 10 years.
According to Andy Hunter of the Guardian, Lazio “have made an approach to Liverpool and Lucas is considering his options before the squad fly to Hong Kong on Sunday to take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy.”
In contrast to this, Times’ journalist Paul Joyce reports that Lazio have already submitted a bid for Lucas and that the midfielder may not be part of the Liverpool squad to play Wigan Athletic this evening.
Lazio are selling Lucas Biglia to AC Milan for £17.6 million and the Italians want Lucas to be his replacement.
There has been a lot of speculation about Lucas’ future at Liverpool in recent weeks, with the former Gremio man thought to be considering his future with it unlikely that he will play much this season.
Joyce writes that “Jürgen Klopp has previously said he would look favourably at the situation of Lucas given his decade-long service” and won’t fight him if he wants to leave.
Having made 346 competitive appearances for Liverpool, the Brazilian has been a stellar servant to the club and may have made his last outing for the Merseyside club.
Naby Keïta is on Klopp’s radar this summer and the Guinean is considering pushing a move through by submitting a transfer request with Liverpool having a €65 million bid rejected last week.
The RB Leipzig man wants the no.8 jersey but will need to convince this current club to let him leave before a move materialises.