Klopp will allow Lucas to leave in January – report

Date published: Tuesday 27th December 2016 7:52

Lucas Leiva: Set to leave

Liverpool are understood to be prepared to let Lucas Leiva join Inter on loan next month.

The Serie A club have made contact with the Reds and asked about taking the Brazilian on loan until the end of the season and Jurgen Klopp will not stand in his way, according to The Guardian.

The 29-year-old has started only three Premier League games this season and made 11 appearances in all competitions and Klopp seems happy to allow the player, who is out of contract next summer.

According to the report Lucas is Inter’s preferred choice but Lassana Diarra (Marseille), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina) and Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg) are other options for the Serie A club.

Lucas has been at Liverpool since 2007 but has had limited playing time under Klopp and the majority of his playing time this season has been at centre-back.

But with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren his established first choice centre-backs and plenty of options in midfield Lucas’ time seems up.

Lucas almost moved to Galatasaray in the summer before Klopp had a last-minute change of heart.

The Turkish giants were understood to have agreed a cut-price £2.3million move with Liverpool, before injuries a series of his defenders were injured in the summer.

The player’s agent Metin Korkmaz in August said Lucas had had his heart set on the deal.

“Klopp was behind the transfer hitting the rocks, he wants Lucas to stay and the player had to listen,” Kormaz said.

“If it was up to Lucas he would have made the transfer.”


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