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26th Mar, 2017 | 2:38pm

Deal all but done: 22-time international agrees £2.2m Liverpool transfer - report

By Will Butcher

Galatasaray have agreed a deal with Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva that will see him complete a move to the Turkish giants at the end of the season, according to a report.

Turkish publication Sabah claim that the 22-time Brazil international has given the green light to join the SuperLig outfit in a deal worth £2.2million.

Galatsaray have been forced to open their cheque book for the 30-year-old holding midfielder as the former Gremio star’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2018, revealed by the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce on Twitter.

Lucas has decided to end his 10-year affiliation with Liverpool after coming under scrutiny this season, as manager Jurgen Klopp looked to turn him into a central defender.

The Brazilian was found out on a number of occasions, most recently by the pace of Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s 3-1 win over the Merseyside giants at the King Power Stadium.

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Lucas, who managed just a solitary EFL Cup trophy during his time with the Reds in 2012, is believed to be a belated replacement for fellow countryman Felipe Melo who joined Inter Milan in 2015.

In his decade with the club, Lucas made a huge 338 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, managing just seven goals from his position in front of the back four.

Football Insider verdict:

It would be a move that would suit all parties. Lucas has lost a yard of pace since he first joined Liverpool and will be more suited to the Turkish SuperLig, which is not dissimilar from the Serie A in Italy. With his career currently dwindling on the fringes under Klopp, a move to Turkey could help Lucas prolong his time in professional football. Galatasaray will be solving their problem position of holding midfield with Lucas, who has plenty of experience at international level and in Europe for a bargain price. Liverpool will benefit by actually receiving a price for their midfield man.

In other Liverpool transfer news, three midfield enforcers that the Reds must sign to win the Premier League next season.

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