Steven Gerrard Rules out Move for Lucas Leiva
Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is unlikely to be reunited with his former teammates Steven Gerrard, who is the manager at Rangers. Immediately after taking over the Scottish club in the summer, Steven Gerrard has been actively trying to improve the squad by bringing in a number of former Liverpool stars, who he has played with during his time at the Merseyside club. Regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation,Gerrard did not seem to have a major struggle with regard to attract his former teammates to the Ibrox stadium. However, the stumbling block has come in the form of the transfer budget at Rangers.
Lucas Leiva played for several campaigns with Gerrard and he is currently with Lazio. The midfielder made the switch to the Italian club last summer. After experiencing reasonable success at the Italian club, it was expected that Lucas will answer to the calls of Gerrard. However, the 31-year-old may not be moving to Scottish football after Rangers do not seem to have the budget to match Lucas’ wage demands. Gerrard has already made significant changes to the Rangers squad by bringing in no less than seven players. Former Reds like John Flanagan andOvieEjaria have also moved the capital club.
It is expected that Rangers will now try to get Lucas on a loan deal.“Lucas has just got Player of the Year for Lazio and I’m sure his wages are very high, and very good for him. I don’t think it’s possible,” said Gerrard about the plans to get Lucas to the Ibrox stadium. After having struggled to match Celtic’s previous record in recent seasons, Rangers have resorted to the huge figure of Gerrard in order to overcome his former manager, Brendan Rodgers, at Celtic Park. Celtic won the title last season for yet another campaign.