The massive exodus continues at Anfield as, having earlier witnessed the departure of Jordan Ibe and Martin Skrtel this week, Brazilian Lucas Leiva – who has been at the club for some time now – is reportedly the next in line to leave Liverpool this summer.
Turkish news outlet Fotomac has reported that Turkish club Galatasaray have agreed transfer of Lucas. The Reds have agreed to loan him out to the Turkish club on a one-year loan deal, and both clubs are expected to hold talks again today (Monday) to agree on exactly how much of the player’s wages each club will contribute.
The only issue seems to be the midfielder’s €3m yearly wages, with the Turkish club reportedly offering a reduced salary of €2.4m. Not even free bet no deposit bonuses would help them.
Regardless of that, if the Merseyside club have truly agreed a loan move for the midfielder, it means the services of the Brazilian are no longer needed at the Anfield club. Lucas may be surplus to requirements now due to the emergence of Emre Can, and the recent import of Marko Grujic.
With injuries to Sakho and Gomez, Lucas could be considered as a back-up in the central defence, but it’s extremely doubtful that the 29-year-old would want to play second fiddle waiting for either Lovren or Matip to get injured.
A move away from the club for the Brazilian will be good for all parties concerned. Liverpool will be able to free up as much as £80,000 a week from their wage bill, as this is the amount that Lucas Leiva reportedly gets from the Reds.