Lucas has asked Turkish giants Galatasaray for 24 hours in which he’ll decide whether he wants to make the transfer.
This is according to Levent Nazifoglu, a prominent member of Gala’s board.
“We’ve spoken personally with Lucas Leiva,” said Nazifoglu, reported in the Daily Mail. “He asked for one more day. The situation will be clearer by tonight.”
Lucas is currently injured with a hamstring injury, but despite our lack of options at holding midfield, it doesn’t look like he features heavily in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
The boss has the likes of Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Marko Grujic competing for central midfield spots – not to mention youngsters such as Kevin Stewart and Cameron Brannagan – and if he were to stay, he’d unlikely get many minutes, especially as we’re not in Europe.
The Brazilian has been at the club since 2007, signed by Rafa Benitez from Gremio, but it looks the 2015/16 campaign may have been his last.
Lucas has always been a loyal servant for us, winning our Player of the Year award in 2010/11. Now 29, it’s perhaps time we focus ur attention elsewhere, but if he does depart, he’ll always receive a warm welcome back for his nine years of service.