26 Dec 2016

Deal Close: Liverpool ready to agree January transfer for 'unbelievable' £80k-a-week Brazilian. Contact made already

Liverpool are reportedly on the brink sealing a January loan deal for one of the club's Brazilian players.

According to The Independent:

"Inter have asked Liverpool if they would [let] Lucas leave on a short-term basis. Liverpool are prepared to let him [leave] on loan for the rest of the season".

Lucas was linked with several clubs during the summer transfer window, and in August, Galatasaray official Levent Nazifoglu confirmed:

"We've spoken with Lucas Leiva. He asked for one more day".

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

“There were a few exit opportunities, but they ended up not happening".

Reading between the lines, it sounds like Lucas wanted to leave, but Liverpool put the kibosh on a 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 limited this year. If Klopp is willing to let Lucas leave, then it must mean one of the following:

* He's happy to go into the second half of the season with just Ragnar Klavan as central defensive cover. A risky strategy given the regular niggling injuries to Lovren and Matip.

* Klopp has a new central defender lined up for the January transfer window.

There is, of course, one more possibility: Klopp is planning to bring Mamadou Sakho back into the fold to take over from Lucas as central defensive cover...

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


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