Liverpool transfer news: Atletico Mineiro target 30-year-old star

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17th Jan, 2017 | 7:23pm

Race hots up for Liverpool star as South American club join chase - report

By Will Butcher

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva could return to his home country Brazil with Atletico Mineiro, according to a report.

Brazilian newspaper O Tempo claim that the 30-year-old could be offered an escape route from Anfield by Atletico, but will wait for offers from European clubs first.

The report claims there have been no developments between the 22-time Brazil international and Serie A giants Inter, which could mean that Lucas will consider offers from Brazil.

The Guardian claimed last month that Inter were interested in taking Liverpool’s number 21 to Italy, but a move has failed to materialise as the transfer window edges closer to its deadline.

Lucas has been converted to a centre-back on occasion this season as he struggles for regular game time under German manager Jurgen Klopp.

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Making just three Premier League starts all season, Lucas’ future on Merseyside seems to be all but over with less than six months remaining on his current Anfield contract.

Since his move to Liverpool in the summer of 2007 from Gremio, Lucas has made a huge 330 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

Football Insider verdict:

Lucas should be allowed to leave Anfield this month as captain Jordan Henderson continues to sparkle at the base of the Reds’ midfield. Lucas has been a long-standing servant to the Reds and if he is given an offer to leave then he should be allowed to, as his career moves into the end zone. Entering the final years of his career, the midfielder could look to move to the slower Italian Serie A or Brazil’s less intense top flight. A return home to Brazil could be perfect for Lucas, and is likely to suit his family. Wherever he goes, he deserves a good send-off from the Anfield fans – and we’d expect him to get one.

In other Liverpool transfer news, this out-of-favour defender should be sold according to a Sky Sports pundit.