16 Jul 2016

Offer Accepted: Liverpool agree summer transfer for 'outstanding' €62K-a-week Brazilian. Done Deal next week?

The exodus continues! With Martin Skrtel and Jordon Ibe already gone this week, 'outstanding' Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is reportedly next in line to leave Anfield this summer.

According to Turkish news outlet Fotomac:

"Galatasaray have reached an agreement for Lucas. Liverpool have agreed a one year loan deal, and the clubs will talk again today to agree a deal on wages".

The sticking point appears to be Lucas's €3m a year wages, with Galatasaray reportedly offering a reduced salary of €2.4m.

Whatever happens, if Liverpool have agreed a loan deal, it means Lucas is surplus to requirements, which makes sense given the rise of Emre Can, and the recent signing of Marko Grujic.

In April, Reds legend John Aldridge suggested a different approach to Lucas. He told the Liverpool Echo:

"He [Lucas] an option now at centre back, for sure. Modern centre don't have to be 6ft 5in - look at Mascherano^ at Barcelona - but they need to read the game and be able to communicate. Lucas can do that, for sure".

Clearly, with the injuries to Sakho and Gomez, there's a case for using Lucas a back-up central defender, but at the age of 29, I doubt the Brazilian wants to sit on the bench playing waiting for Lovren or Matip to get injured.

On a related note: if Lucas is being allowed to leave, is there a possibility that Joe Allen may end up staying at the club?


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