By Emma Sanders
Liverpool have failed to agree terms with Inter Milan for Lucas Leiva and the midfielder could remain at the club, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the club are holding out for a “better deal” from Inter Milan but if one fails to arrive, Lucas could stay in Merseyside.
The 29-year-old’s future has come under speculation recently after a number of Italian reports suggested Lucas had already undergone a medical with Inter Milan.
Lucas is a member of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad and though the manager stated earlier this month that none of his senior players would be leaving, the midfielder is said to be a “special case.”
According to the report, Klopp is prepared to let Lucas leave but only if Liverpool receive an adequate offer and they have yet to receive one from Inter Milan.
The Serie A giants currently want to take on Lucas on loan but they have not laid down any certainty on whether they will bring him to Italy on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Klopp is believed to want that confirmation and he is willing to refuse the agreement if Inter Milan do not offer an improved deal in the January transfer window.
Football Insider verdict:
The experienced midfielder has been a bit-part of the squad since Klopp took over but the German has always been a fan – especially of the player’s attitude. Lucas is also a firm fan favourite. Lucas has been used in a number of positions and does offer versatility in defence, and has made nine Premier League appearances this season, including three full 90 minutes. However, Joe Gomez’ return to fitness means Klopp will have options and Lucas might not be needed. However, the club are still in a position to negotiate his departure – despite claiming they wouldn’t stand in his way – and it looks like they will not sell him in January unless they receive a decent offer. For the sake of Lucas though, we hope a good offer comes in over the winter transfer window that suits all parties.
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