Reliable journalist: Liverpool ace has offer on the table, expected to leave
By Will Butcher
Lucas Leiva will leave Liverpool this month to join Serie A giants Inter Milan, according to a reliable journalist.
The Guardian claimed last month that Inter were interested in taking the 30-year-old midfielder to Italy as they look to put their dismal start under Frank de Boer behind them.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday night after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton, Telegraph journalist Jason Burt revealed he believes there is an offer on the table from Inter.
“I don’t think he will stay at Liverpool in the January transfer window,” Burt said. “If he does leave, he will go to Inter Milan.
“It seems like he wants to stay and see out the rest of the season. But there is an offer on the table from Inter, and that could be make up his mind.”
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Lucas started for the Reds in their disappointing EFL Cup semi-final loss to Claude Puel’s Saints, as Nathan Redmond scored the all-important goal going into the second leg.
With less than six months remaining on his current Anfield deal, the Brazil international could be forced to leave in January before Liverpool lose him on a free in the summer.
Able to play in both centre-back and holding midfield, Lucas’ ability to dictate the tempo of a match could suit Inter’s style of play in the slower Italian league.
Since his move from Brazilian side Gremio in 2007, Lucas has made a huge 330 league and cup appearances in which he has scored six goals and provided 18 assists.
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Captain Jordan Henderson’s commanding form with the armband has seen him become an integral member to the Merseyside giants’ squad, as his presence continues to inspire his side. With the former Sunderland ace in the team, that means Lucas has been left to intermittent appearances in the cup and as a substitute. The Brazilian’s career is entering it’s final few years after turning 30 on Monday, and he needs to be playing regular first-team football to maintain both his fitness and ability. Allowing a loan move to Inter would be good for Lucas, with a potential deal that would see the San Siro club purchase the versatile ace at the end of the initial loan to prolong his career.
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