29 Jul 2016

Deal Close: Liverpool agree summer transfer for 'outstanding' €62K-a-week Brazilian. Announcement today possibly

With Martin Skrtel, Jordon Ibe, and Kolo Toure already gone, it appears that 'outstanding' Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is next senior player in line to leave Anfield.

In mid-July, Turkish news outlet Fotomac claimed that Galatasaray were negotiating a 'one year loan deal' for Lucas, and according to Fanatik today:

"Galatasaray is planning to announce today the transfer of [Lucas Leiva]. The parties have an agreement, which will be formalized next week".

It's unclear at this stage whether it's a loan deal, but Lucas is arguably better off cutting ties and making a permanent move.

Loanees rarely, if ever, return to Anfield to become first-team regulars, and if Lucas is on the fringes at the age of 29, it's doubtful that anything will change in a year's time.

Whatever happens, if Liverpool have reached an 'agreement in principle', it means Lucas is surplus to requirements, which makes sense given the rise of Emre Can, and the recent signings of Marko Grujic, and Giorgino Wijnaldum.

I'll be sad to see Lucas go; the Brazilian is a great ambassador for the club, and embodies everything that's good about Liverpool FC. In that regard, he reminds me of Sami Hyypia, another quiet, unassuming, hard-working professional seemingly untouched by the avarice and excess of modern football.

The departure also has extra significance as Lucas is the last remaining Rafa Benitez signing still at the club. Benitez made his fair share of transfer mistakes, but he also bought quite a few impotant, long-standing mainstays, including Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Kuyt, and Reina.

It's truly the end of an era, and it's a shame Lucas will probably leave before becoming eligible for a (deserved) 10-year testimonial.

^ Jul 2016: Reportedly on €62k-a-week


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