For some time it’s been thought that Lucas Leiva’s contract with Liverpool ended this summer, with the Brazilian midfielder then being available on a free transfer.
The midfielder has repeatedly been included in lists of possible free transfers, especially in Italy, and mocked up teams of the best elevens available for free this summer.
However, as we covered in May, it was Lucas himself who confirmed another year on his Liverpool contract.
Speaking to the Brazilian media, Lucas explained: “I have another year of contract with Liverpool. I’ll probably go on vacation now and have a talk with Jurgen Klopp, with the owners.
“I think that after ten years, it’s not a matter of negotiation, but rather of finding a solution that is good for both parties.”
Even then, it was still thought, or hoped by some interested clubs, that Liverpool would let Lucas go for free or a nominal fee, but the Premier League club have managed to get themselves a reasonable price, and a Lazio move is very close.
Calciomercato report that Lazio will pay Liverpool €6.5m for the 30 year old, and pay him €2.2m a year (after tax and before bonuses) on a three year contract.
Lucas will land at Rome’s Fiumicino on Sunday evening, according to the claims, and the Brazilian will then have a medical on Monday morning and, all being well, will start a new chapter in his career.