21 Oct 2016

Confirmed: Liverpool rejected transfer 'deal' for 'unbelievable' £80k-a-week midfielder

Lucas Leiva has confirmed that Liverpool stopped him from leaving Anfield over the summer.

In August, Galatasaray official Levent Nazifoglu confirmed:

"We've spoken personally with Lucas Leiva. He asked for one more day. The situation will be clearer by tonight".

Jurgen Klopp reportedly vetoed the deal to keep Lucas as defensive cover, and when asked this week about the summer rumours, Lucas told ESPN:

“There were a few exit opportunities, but they ended up not happening. Liverpool didn’t feel comfortable to seal a deal".

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Lucas wanted to leave, but Liverpool put the kibosh on the transfer. From Klopp's point of view, it made sense to keep Lucas, but the Brazilian obviously would've benefited from a move, as his first team opportunities are severely limited this year.

Indeed, Lucas has made just three appearances so far this season, which must be frustrating for a player in the prime of his career

Lucas is one of those (rare) top flight players who transcends all the BS associated with football; a genuinely nice person who appears to be untouched by the avarice and self-interest of the modern game, and with any luck, he'll be in line for a richly deserved a 10-year testimonial.

^ Jul 2016: Reportedly on £80k-a-week. Sep 2016: Hailed as an 'unbelievable player' by Cameron Brannagan'



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