By Harry Sykes
Long-serving Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has completed his move to Serie A side Lazio, according to a reliable journalist.
GianlucaDi Marzio, who works for Sky Sports as a transfer expert, announced the news on his official Twitter page, but no official confirmation has been released by either club.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 14, 2017
The announcement came after a tweet from Paul Joyce, northern correspondent of The Times, who said Lazio had bid £5million for the 30-year-old midfielder, who would probably be pulled from Liverpool’s friendly with Wigan on Friday evening.
Lazio have bid £5m for Lucas Leiva. Player may not now feature in Liverpool's friendly with Wigan Athletic tonight
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 14, 2017
Lucas is a fan favourite at Anfield after making 346 appearances for the Merseyside giants, scoring seven goals and providing 21 assists.
He made 24 Premier League appearances last season but was considered by Jurgen Klopp to be surplus to requirements.
There seems to be some confusion over his contract status, with normally reliable stats site TransferMarkt labelling him a free agent, but it appears he was still contracted to the British club.
The £5million they get from Lazio – if this is confirmed – will be a bonus and can be added to the Klopp warchest ahead of more summer moves, after Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah have joined this summer.
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