Liverpool star expected to join European giants on Monday pending Jurgen Klopp’s decision

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Galatasaray have struck a deal with Liverpool over the transfer of Lucas Leiva according to Lions sporting director Leven Nazifoglu.

Speaking at Eren Derdiyok’s signing ceremony Nazioglu confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the Reds and that Lucas will join on Monday pending Jurgen Klopp’s decision.

“We have agreed terms with Liverpool on all fronts, there is some concern regarding Lucas’ injury but all that remains now is for Klopp to make his decision,” Nazifoglu said.

“If it goes ahead it will happen on Monday otherwise we will have to look elsewhere.”

Klopp is currently facing a defensive crisis with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out injured. Additionally Martin Skrtel recently joined Fenerbahce and Kolo Toure parted ways with the club over the summer.

The Echo report that Klopp will only give the green light for Lucas to leave should Liverpool bring in a replacement.

Galatasaray have made no secret of their desire to sign Lucas with both the manager Jan Riekerink and the sporting director confirming interest.

Lucas would end a nine year spell at the club should he end up joining Galatasaray. The 29-year-old Brazilian is the longest serving member of the current Reds squad.

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