Lucas closes in on £5m switch to Lazio as Liverpool “feel in a good way” over transfers
The Merseysiders would bank exactly what they spent on the Brazilian, who has given them 10 years of service, and is now set for a new challenge
Lucas Leiva was not involved in Liverpool’s 1-1 pre-season draw at Wigan Athletic as he held discussions with Lazio over the finer details of a £5 million switch to the Serie A club.
The 30-year-old has been close to exiting Anfield over the past few transfer windows, always ultimately deciding against a move, but he now looks certain to leave.
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Having made 346 appearances for the Reds during a decade of service, Lucas feels the time and the opportunity is right for him to accept a fresh challenge.
Jurgen Klopp, however, refused to speculate over the progress of Lazio’s deal for the midfielder, who he has also positioned as a centre-back.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what I can say about this, because I’m not exactly sure how it is in this moment,” the German said post-match.
“But I think in all respect for Lucas and his fantastic time at Liverpool, we should talk about facts and not about rumours.
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“We have to wait. I’m not sure. Yes, maybe something, maybe not. That’s pretty much like last year and a half a year ago, isn’t it? We will see.”
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The Merseysiders will be banking exactly what they spent on the Brazilian, who was signed on May 11, 2007.
Klopp was also asked to provide a steeri on RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Hull City’s Andy Robertson, targeted to strengthen midfield and left-back respectively.
A £57m bid for the former was rejected by the Bundesliga club, while the defender has been scouted by Liverpool over the past two seasons.
“If whatever I say here would change anything in a positive way, then I would say it,” Klopp responded.
“But I have no influence. I don’t know, speak to the wall.
“It’s not important what I say, it’s only important what we do.
“We try to do the job how you can imagine and we feel in a good way.”