By Joe Nelson

Lucas Leiva is in talks to join Sampdoria from Liverpool, according to a report.

Transfer expert and Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Serie A club are keen to sign the midfielder ahead of the new season and are in negotiations with his agent.

It is said that there are a number of stumbling blocks to a deal, including the “player’s high wages and the competition to sign him”, with other suitors also knocking on the door.

Galatasaray revealed last week they have given Liverpool until Monday to make a decision over whether they are willing to sell Lucas.

Nevertheless, Sampdoria, who finished 15th in last season’s Serie A are serious about signing the 29-year-old defensive midfielder.

The Brazilian joined the Merseyside club in 2007 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for The Reds, whilst also appearing 22 times for his national side.

Lucas has been a key figure at Anfield over the past decade, having won the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ in 2011.

He would leave Liverpool having won just one major honour, that being the English League Cup in 2012.

Sampdoria are also chasing Chievo midfielder Lucas Castro, but are yet to agree a fee for the player.

In other Liverpool transfer news, John Arne Riise has given this update on the Reds’ left-back situation.