Brazilian side Grêmio have made an approach to sign Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, the club president has revealed. Lucas has been on the verge of a Liverpool exit for a while but Jurgen Klopp has relied enough on the player to keep him at the club.
Klopp has been forced to rely on Lucas recently, with the Brazilian’s versatility helping Liverpool out in more than one position.
In an interview with UOL this weekend,Grêmio president Romildo Bolzan Junior confirmed the club have opened talks with the player’s entourage, but he still considers the transfer to be difficult.
“Lucas Leiva is a player who is in the fans’ imagination. He is a player that would be important to bring, we made an approach, but at the moment he is out of the possibilities,” said Bolzan.
“I’m not going to feed false expectations. It’s very difficult for Lucas Leiva to come to Grêmio, we made an approach and the conditions are very difficult.”
The club president spoke about the potential transfer during January, and considered it impossible, but it seems that the eagerness of Grêmio’s support convinced him to at least give the Liverpool transfer a try.
Apart from Liverpool, Grêmio are the only club who Lucas Leiva has played for. He was part of their youth teams and featured for the first squad until 2005, when he was sold to the Reds in a €10m deal.
As Lucas’ contract with Liverpool expires at the end of the season, it’s very likely he’ll be leaving the club for free. Clubs from Italy and Turkey have already shown interest in him during the past few months.
Klopp will need to add to his squad if Liverpool are set to lose Lucas’ useful versatility.