By Richard Parks
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to drool over the club’s reported pursuit of Brazil international Lucas Leiva.
The Scottish Sun claim manager Steven Gerrard wants his former Liverpool teammate, 31, as a blue riband signing and to join his Ibrox revolution next season.
It is said that Gerrard is eyeing an ambitious swoop for Lucas a year after he joined Lazio for £5million and that the Brazilian is keen on a move to Glasgow and the opportunity to work again with the Anfield icon.
Lucas ended a 10-year and 346-appearance stay last summer at Liverpool during which he was one of the highest regarded midfield anchormen in the Premier League.
He has been a mainstay of the Lazio side that is fourth in Serie A and are on course to clinch a Champions League spot following the final match of the season this weekend.
Rangers fans are excited about the possibility of such a top-qualify performer, who has accumulated 22 Brazil caps, being at Ibrox next season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Oooo i know defoe wants to come as hes said so but lucas leiva! Wow! https://t.co/DS7gL7NVjp
— Beth x (@Titch9x) May 16, 2018
It’s fine we will just offer them a straight swap Lucas > Hodson cardoso halliday ohalloran and Herrera ????????????????????
— Blue Bear (@BlueBearRFC) May 16, 2018
this transfer window is going to be unreal… took more thana week to realise that steven gerrard is actually going to be our manager ????then twice in the space of a couple of days we have “bid” £4 mil for two different players ???? noo were trying to get lucas leiva and defoe ????
— Andy (@andyh1872) May 16, 2018
If Gerrard is signing Lucas Leiva for Rangers, he better be tutoring Docherty and McCrorie whilst he’s here.
— FM_Laudrup (@FM_Laudrup) May 16, 2018
Lucas is a smashing player he has had a brilliant season in Serie A with Lazio. Would be best midfielder in the country.
— Mark Philpott (@markyphilpott89) May 16, 2018
Theres no way we can get Lucas contracted till 2020 and valued around 7.5m and he must be on huge wages. Defoe didnt play much last season hes on high wages but a loan could be possible. Skrtel seems the most likely tho wages again will be high. i would be happy with any of them
— Alan Campbell (@alan_campbell86) May 16, 2018
Even 2 out of the three and I’ll put 2 months wages on #55 Defoe with score for fun up here
— Sally Mctoast (@volcanobeef) May 16, 2018
Defoe would score for fun up here.
Don’t care what anyone says.
And Lucas would make Scott Brown look like Boab Malcolm.
Can’t see either happening though.
Would be exciting if they did come off though
Just can’t see it
— Smiffy (@Smiffy55SG) May 16, 2018
So Defoe and Lucas next …. can’t wait for the new season already lol #ge55ard
— GaryKerr ???????????????? (@kerr139) May 16, 2018