By Harvey Byrne
Brazilian giants Gremio are keen to take Lucas Leiva back to the club this summer, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo has claimed that the 36-time league title winners initially tried to sign the 30-year-old in January and they are now eyeing him once more.
It is also detailed that while the Merseyside giants believe Lucas to be a valuable member of their squad, they would also be prepared to let him go if a deal suited all parties.
The Liverpool stalwart enjoyed a run in the first team in the last campaign, playing in 32 matches in all competitions.
However, it was only until injuries to Jordan Henderson that he was able to play in his more favoured defensive midfield role.
Lucas initially joined Liverpool all the way back in 2007 from Gremio under Rafa Benitez.
But, with his contract set to end on June 30 this year, his career at Anfield could be reaching it’s final stages.
Football Insider verdict:
Lucas has been a good servant for Liverpool over the years, but he clearly does not fit into a full strength team with Jurgen Klopp looking to make them title challengers. The Brazilian is part of the old Reds’ side which was happy to just finish within the top four. Now, while Klopp looks to make exciting moves for young up and coming players Lucas will only see his game time at the club reduced. Therefore, due to his contract situation it is almost certain that the club veteran will be lining up elsewhere next season.
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