Lucas Leiva appeared to be very close to securing a move to Galatasaray
Lucas Leiva appeared to be very close to securing a move to Galatasaray.
The Turkish club are looking for a major revamp in almost all areas of the pitch and Lucas seemed to fit the club’s requirements perfectly. However, Galatasaray were unable to agree terms withLiverpool after holding unofficial discussions for several days. It is understood thatLucas was also very keen on making the move a reality. He felt that he was not part of the Jurgen Klopp revolution at Anfield. Originally brought to Anfield by Rafa Benitez,Lucas has already witnessed several managers like Roy Hodgson, Brendan Rodgers, and Kenny Dalglish.
Since the prospect of regular first-team football at Anfield appeared less,Lucas was intent on making the move to Galatasaray happen. It would have happened had it not been for the intervention of manager Jurgen Klopp, according to the player’s agent. Galatasaray sporting director Levent Nazifolgu previously claimed that it was Liverpool who pulled the plug on the deal. The player’s agent, Metin Korkmaz, has revealed more details about the failed transfer.Korkmaz was incredibly employed by Galatasaray in order to broker through the deal. One of the reasons for Klopp not allowing Lucas to leave is the lack of cover in the defensive midfield position.
“Klopp was behind the transfer hitting the rocks, he wants Lucas to stay and the player had to listen.If it was up to Lucas he would have made the transfer,” said the player’s agent. Lucas had become a cult figure at Liverpool a few years ago, but he has once again become a forgotten man. Last season, he made 38 appearances in all competitions. This is a rather good figure compared to a few seasons ago when Lucas was also struggling with a few injury problems. The midfielder will turn 30 in January.