By Joe Nelson
Galatasaray claim they have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Lucas.
But the Merseysiders are stalling the deal due to a defensive crisis and the Turkish giants have threatened to pull the plug on the transfer.
Galatasaray revealed they have given Liverpool until Monday to make a decision over whether they are willing to sell Lucas.
The Istanbul giants are keen to lure the Brazilian midfielder away from Anfield and seemed close to signing the 29-year-old after agreeing terms with the Premier League side.
However, Liverpool are now having second thoughts and have delayed a final decision over Lucas’ future at the club while they prepare for defensive reinforcements to arrive.
Galatasaray have no intention of waiting any longer, though, and are ready to turn their attention elsewhere if Liverpool do not make a decision over the next few days.
“We have an agreement with Liverpool over the transfer of Lucas, but they are having second thoughts because of a number of recent injuries,” Galatasaray board member Levent Nazifoglu said at a news conference, as quoted by Four Four Two.
“We will until Monday to see what happens. We will look at other options if the deal is not done by then.”
The Liverpool Echo claim the Brazilian’s future is unlikely to be decided until the end of the transfer window despite the strong interest from Galatasaray.
The 29-year-old is said to have been told by Jurgen Klopp that he is not sanctioning his sale, as his squad has been depleted by injuries to Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip ahead of their curtain raiser against Arsenal on Sunday of next week.
Klopp knows that he will not be able to offer Lucas the game time he needs but is in no rush to offload the 29-year-old, even though he has entered the final year of his contract.
Lucas is a defensive midfielder but filled in impressively at centre-back on a number of occasions last season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this defender is set to go out on a season long loan.