LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 21, 2017: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva salutes the supporters after the FA Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lazio bid £5 million for Lucas Leiva as Liverpool consider summer departure

Liverpool are considering a £5 million offer from Lazio for long-serving midfielder Lucas Leiva, who marked 10 years on Merseyside this summer.

The Serie A side are on the verge of selling Argentina international Lucas Biglia to AC Milan, and are wasting no time in securing his replacement.

After marking his decade with the Reds at the end of last season, Lucas has been mulling over his options over the summer, with a move to former club Gremio mooted.

But according to widespread reports including the Guardian on Friday afternoon, the Brazilian has the option on moving to Rome.

Lazio are said to have submitted a £5 million bid for the 30-year-old, which is the same fee Liverpool paid for him in 2007.

Lucas could miss Friday night’s pre-season friendly away to Wigan Athletic as a result, as well as the Reds’ trip to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The midfielder has been regularly touted with moves away from Anfield, with a number of clubs from Italy and Turkey making approaches over the years.

But either Lucas’ resolve or the interventions of Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp have always stood in the way of a deal, and he has gone on to make 346 appearances for the Reds.

Last season, he featured 32 times in all competitions, largely at centre-back, and scored his first competitive goal in seven years in the 1-0 win away to Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Celtic and Trabzonspor have also been credited with an interest.

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