By Harvey Byrne
Galatasary manager Jan Olde Riekerink has revealed that he is chasing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Turkish outlet FotoMac had claimed that Lucas was close to agreeing a season-long loan move to Besiktas.
However, Galatasary are trying to win the race for Lucas and Riekerink has stated that he is chasing the experienced Liverpool man.
“Lucas is one of the players we are targeting,” said Riekerink at a pre-match press conference against Manchester United, as quoted by the Daily Star. “We have been in discussions and it is true we want an experienced midfielder.”
Lucas has made over 300 appearances in a Liverpool shirt and his most successful season to date came in the 2010-11 season when he was named the club’s player of the year.
The midfielder is Liverpool’s longest-serving player after he was signed for the Merseyside giants by Rafael Benitiez in 2007 from Gremio and the Brazil international has now entered the final year of his contract.
Last season he started just eight times in the league after the turn of the year, and his match time was restricted with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can and Joe Allen all ahead of him in the pecking order.
The latest addition to the squad, £25million Georginio Wijnaldum, could be used in a deeper role if needed after manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that the Dutchman could play in several positions.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are interested in signing AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio.