Lucas Leiva reportedly booked in for Lazio medical ahead of £5 million move

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to undergo a medical in Rome on Monday morning, ahead of his proposed £5 million move to Lazio.

The Serie A side made their interest concrete on Friday, ensuring Lucas was left out of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.

Lucas was said to be considering a departure from Merseyside after 10 years, with Liverpool willing to sanction his exit.

Now, according Football Italia, Lucas is set for a medical at 7am (BST) on Monday, before rubber-stamping his switch to the Stadio Olimpico.

The outlet cite multiple reports from Italy, with Lucas now likely to leave Liverpool, as Klopp plans for life without him in 2017/18.

The 30-year-old joined the Reds from Gremio in 2007, also for £5 million, and has gone on to make 346 appearances for the club, the 46th-most of any player.

He is currently Liverpool’s longest-serving player and the fifth longest-serving player of any Premier League club, behind only Julian Speroni, Mark Noble, Theo Walcott and Michael Carrick.

Lucas received a commemorative award on the final day of the 2016/17 season, presented by Kenny Dalglish, while he was honoured by his team-mates at an event held at Anfield in April.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action against Tranmere Rovers during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The midfielder’s exit would come as no surprise, given he has been on the brink of leaving Liverpool on a number of occasions in recent transfer windows.

Clubs from both Italy and Turkey have been regularly linked with permanent and temporary deals, along with Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United this summer.

Lucas’ former club, Gremio, were also pursuing a deal, and he had hinted that he would prefer a return to Porto Alegre.

“There was an offer from Gremio in January but I wanted to complete 10 years at Liverpool,” he said last month.

“Now in the window we had a conversation, but nothing official. I do not hide my desire to return to Gremio, but there are several factors.”

However, moving to Lazio would provide Lucas with an opportunity to prolong his stay in Europe, with qualifying for this season’s Europa League after finishing fifth in Serie A in 2016/17.

He would arrive as a replacement for captain Lucas Biglia, who is set to complete his move to AC Milan shortly.

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