BESIKTAS INTENSIFYING LUCAS LEIVA’S MOVE
Besiktas have approached Liverpool with the intent of signing defender Lucas Leiva, reports confirm.
There have been rumours that Leiva would exit Anfield this summer but this is an official bid/offer for the player from the Turkish champions.
Fanatik claims Beskitas have submitted an offer from the 30-year old Brazilian star. Leiva is expected to end his decade long marriage to Liverpool as Coach Jurgen Klopp prefers younger players for the roles.
Beskitas are ready to meet Leiva’s current wage demands of £4.2 million per year. They would also play in the Champions League – a prospect that should excite Leivaas he would rarely show face in such top games at Liverpool.
Leiva is out of contract at Liverpool this season. He is the longest serving player in the current team that Klopp is trying to rebuild. Steven Gerrard has spoken about the Kops retaining him for another year, adding that he give for the team “with and without the ball.” Gerrard is working with the Liverpool academy, helping to groom future stars. He said he can help the player develop on the field but his hope is that he can help the youngsters contribute to any team as much as Leiva off the field.
Numerous small sides that could have dreamt of signing Leiva for a year or two are not able to offer him his current salary. There are options of returning back to Brazil with his family whilst playing for another year or two.
With the seriousness Besiktas have shown, by summer Leiva could be wearing a different jersey.