Lucas Leiva could be on his way to Besiktas this summer, with the Turkish side confirming talks with Liverpool over a season-long loan.
With Lucas Leiva‘s time at Liverpool looking likely to come to an end this summer, Turkish giants Besiktas have confirmed talks with the Reds over a possible loan deal.
Erdal Torunogullari, head of the club’s transfer committee is reported to have declared: “Lucas is a player on our shortlist, talks are ongoing.”
Lucas has been linked with a move away from Liverpool after being omitted from Brendan Rodgers’ match-day squad for the first two fixtures of the new Premier League season.
This brought suggestions that the Brazilian is looking to leave after a “fall-out” with the manager.
The 28-year-old is one of the club’s longest-serving players, but has found himself surplus to requirements following the arrival of James Milner from Manchester City.
With Milner and Jordan Henderson mainstays in Rodgers’ midfield, German midfielder Emre Can has also emerged as a key player—further marginalising Lucas.
Though Liverpool would likely prefer a permanent transfer for the defensive midfielder, Besiktas board member Erol Kaynar believes a loan deal is possible.
“A loan deal is likely,” he said.
“It could go ahead within the next two days.”
As Liverpool look to trim their midfield ranks entering a new season, Lucas could finally depart the club he joined from Gremio in 2005.
With two years left on his Reds contract, however, a loan move would likely complicated a potential sale next summer, as Liverpool have found with the likes of Pepe Reina and Oussama Assaidi in recent years.