LUCAS LEIVA SET TO JOIN BESIKTAS
Long term player at Liverpool Lucas Leiva is set to join Turkish giants Besiktas, according to reports from Turkish publications Fanatik.
The report claims that both clubs have been in talks to for the transfer to move ahead and the meetings have been fruitful. Besiktas made the enquires for the player at first and coach Jurgen Klopp, who is keen on making a lot of changes at the team following the limitations of his debut season charge, acceded to the request that the player be sold.
Leiva was linked with the Turkish giant in the last campaign but the deal didn’t go through as the former coach Brendan Rodgers didn’t approve of the deal. The club desperate for the services of the veteran defender asked that Liverpool give him on a loan deal but they refused. Leiva is keen on moving as the club would be able to offer him European football, something Liverpool can’t as they lost the final of the Europa League to Sevilla, after sacrificing their position in the Premier League for it, losing on both grounds. Klopp, who is not a big fan of the player, also agreed to the deal.
The Brazilian said: “There have been some changes last season, with the coaching change. I still do not know exactly what will be my role within the group.”
The Black Eagles want the player to join them as they want experienced player that will help their wish to go far in Europe, after winning the Turkish League. Leiva is set to return to the club for the pre season but will likely complete the move as his future is not assured at the club. Klopp is expected to exceed his achievements of getting the team to two finals as the new season draws nearer.