Lucas to move to Galatasary in the summer
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is understood to have accepted an improved offer from Galatasaray and will join the Turkish side this summer, according to reports in Turkey.
The 30-year-old is currently the longest serving player at Liverpool but having made over 300 appearances for the Reds, it seems almost certain that he will seek pastures new and may opt for a fresh start in the Turkish Super Lig with Galatasaray.
Having been a peripheral figure in Jurgen Klopp’s side throughout the last 18 months, Lucas is still wanted by a number of clubs and reports earlier this week suggested he had turned down an initial offer from Galatasaray thought to be worth €2.8m-a-year.
However, Turkish publication AMKSpor (via Sport Witness) now suggest that an improved €4m has been accepted by the Reds star, and he will now finalise personal terms before the final negotiations take place.
There were concerns that the Turkish giants would be unable to meet UEFA’s financial fair play rules were they to bring Lucas in this summer, but with top earners Nigel De Jong and Lukas Podolski set to depart at the end of the season, Galatasaray remain confident that the new offer will not exceed their budget.
It has been reported before that Lucas came close to signing for Galatasary during last summer’s transfer window where the deal broke down after Klopp convinced the player to remain at Anfield.