Lucas, of course, is a firm favourite of Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez’s – with the Spaniard having signed him for the Reds in 2007.
A move to Newcastle for the Brazilian would be an interesting one – dropping down from the top flight but guaranteeing first-team football under a manager he clearly knows and appreciates.
Lucas had been reported to be close to a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce and Galatasary both linked with a deal for the player – who has one year left on his contract at Anfield. A reunion with Benitez though could prove the lure for the 29-year-old, and keep him in England.
Reports over the week suggested Flanagan wasn’t expecting to leave Liverpool this summer, but the 23-year-old is still struggling for full fitness after serious knee injuries and may find his opportunities very limited this season.
Again, dropping down a division would be good for the player, allowing him to get regular football, before hopefully returning to the top flight the following season.
A report in the north-east on Monday claims Wijnaldum will head to Merseyside on Monday night, with Liverpool seemingly keen to get a deal for him and defender Ragnar Klavan ahead of the squad flying out to America on Thursday.