Report: Liverpool in midfield enforcer talks, player is open to move
By Tom Blackburn
Lucas Leiva is open to a move from Liverpool to Turkish champions Besiktas, according to a report.
The midfielder is the Merseysiders’ longest-serving player after he was signed for the Merseyside giants by Rafael Benitiez in 2007 from Gremio.
Turkish newspaper Fanatik claim Besiktas have made contact with Liverpool about the 29-year-old just a week after he admitted he could leave the club this summer.
The Turkish newspaper say that initial talks between the Turkish champions and Lucas’ agent have been encouraging.
Lucas’ future faced similar uncertainty last summer – with Besiktas also interested then – before enjoying a revival under Jurgen Klopp.
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However, he started just eight times in the league after the turn of the year and he admitted he may find opportunities more limited as Klopp adds to his squad.
In total this season, the Brazilian played 40 times and was an important part of Liverpool’s journey to the Europa League final.
“It is the first transfer window that Klopp will participate in more actively in for Liverpool, so I’ll have a better idea when I return [for pre-season],” he told Radio Jovem Pan.