Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could end up losing key midfielder Lucas Leiva this month, as the Brazilian is keen to move to Inter Milan.
At least that’s according to ESPN, who claim that Lucas is interested in trading Anfield for the San Siro regardless of the fact that his manager insisted recently that he would not be prepared to listen to offers this month.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini has instigated a serious recruitment drive, having already acquired the signatures of both Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri on loan deals. His next target appears to be Lucas, whose recent form has attracted plaudits for being linked to Liverpool’s renaissance this campaign.
Yet according to reports the 28-year-old, who joined the Reds from Gremio in 2007, feels undervalued by Rodgers, and as such may be inclined to move if given the chance. This follows heavy speculation that he would be cast out by the club last summer, when Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were dominating the defensive midfield positions.
Now though Rodgers’s decision to keep Gerrard on the bench most of the time has given birth to Lucas’s return, and he has seized the opportunity with aplomb. The Northern Irishman wants to retain his services for when his talismanic skipper departs for LA Galaxy in the summer, though whether or not he does so now could be out of his hands.
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One thing that has been made clear is that a January exit doesn’t look to be on the cards. With Rodgers determined to keep Lucas on the books and the Brazilian unlikely to push for a move himself it seems as though a transfer to Inter is more feasible at the end of the season.
Of course if he does leave then Rodgers will have to move quickly to ensure he’s not left short. With Gerrard’s exit confirmed it could be that Henderson is the only obvious choice in front of the back four. Summer signing Emre Can may develop to fit the role in time, though at the moment his performances at centre-back make him a valued servant in that position.