Lucas Leiva‘s Liverpool future has been thrown into further doubt, with Juventus now reported to be interested in signing the midfielder.
According to Paul Joyce of the Express, one of the most reliable Liverpool-based journalists, Juventus have joined Serie A rivals Inter Milan in expressing interest in taking Lucas to Italy.
Inter tried to sign the Brazilian in January but a deal didn’t materialise as Liverpool needed him at a time when he had just found his way back in the side.
It’s reported that the 28-year-old is seen as a potential alternative to Schalke’s highly-rated youngster Julian Draxler, as the Old Lady look to fill the void left in midfield by the departed duo of Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.
Lucas’ future at Anfield has been up in the air for a couple of years now, with the defensive midfielder close to leaving the Reds on several occasions.
This time it really does feel like his eight-year stay on Merseyside is coming to an end though, with a reported bust-up with Brendan Rodgers the main reason behind it.
Lucas is currently Liverpool’s longest serving player, ahead of Martin Skrtel, and has made 275 appearances for the club since joining from Gremio in 2007.