Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is in talks with Turkish outfit Besiktas, it has been confirmed.
The Brazilian midfielder has been frozen out of Brendan Rodgers’ setup this season, prompting speculation that has insisted he will look to leave Anfield prior to the end of the summer transfer window.
That now looks to be the case, with Besiktas having confirmed that the 28-year-old is on their shortlist and that talks are underway with regards to his potential move.
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"Lucas is a player on our shortlist, talks are ongoing,” Erdal Torunogullari, who supposedly heads Besiktas' transfer committee, told Turkish station Lig TV.
The latest update comes in spite of the fact that there are plenty of Reds fans who want to see Lucas retained this year as Rodgers attempts to carve a path back into the top four of the Premier League.
Lucas at Liverpool
Having served at Anfield faithfully for the best part of eight years the Brazilian has become something of a fan favourite on Merseyside, and on more than one occasion he’s been cast to the side by one manager or another only to fight his way back into the starting XI.
In many ways Lucas is something of an underrated commodity at Liverpool, quietly going about his business in front of the back four whilst others steal the headlines with goals and assists. Perhaps that’s why there’s been few cries of outrage over rumours over his imminent exit.
In any case Rodgers appears to have made his mind up that the midfielder is a dispensable asset, possibly indicating that he has already prepared for life without him.
Since Liverpool have a plethora of players who can do a job in the middle of the park panic buttons are unlikely to be hit, although fans will feel far better if someone like Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi is drafted in as a replacement.
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