Just when it looked as if Lucas Leiva's nine-year association with Liverpool was about to come to an end, there's been a surprise twist.
The Brazilian midfielder was expected to complete a move to Galatasaray this week but, at the eleventh hour, the Turkish giants have confirmed the move is off.
"We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva," Gala's sporting director Levent Nazifoglu was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "We will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead."
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But what's the reason behind the deal collapsing?
After all, Lucas' transfer was on the brink of being finalised. Gala had struck a deal with the Reds and were waiting for the South American to give the green light.
But before Lucas had even given his answer - according to the Daily Mail, he'd asked for 24 hours to make up his mind - Jurgen Klopp has intervened and cancelled the deal.
The reason why Klopp cancelled the deal
The Liverpool boss is reportedly concerned that Lucas' departure would have left him short because of various injury concerns.
Both Marko Grujic and James Milner are doubtful for the Merseyside outfit's Premier League opener against Arsenal on Sunday and so Lucas may be required.
Second time this has happened to Lucas
This is the second time in a year that a potential transfer involving Lucas has collapsed at the last minute.
Twelve months ago he was all set to join Besiktas on a loan deal but, following an injury crisis, the arrangement was cancelled by Brendan Rodgers.
Grujic will limit Lucas' minutes
Lucas made a total of 38 appearances for the Reds last term, but Klopp now has more options at his disposal following the arrival of Grujic, the 20-year-old Serbia international who scored that fabulous looping header against Barcelona at Wembley last Saturday.
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