Liverpool stars loan move to Galatasaray on hold

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 14: Lucas Leiva of Liverpool greets the fans after the international friendly match between Thai Premier League All Stars and Liverpool FC at Rajamangala Stadium on July 14, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Galatasaray are willing hold hold out and asses their options before committing to sign Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.

Sources within Galatasaray have revealed to Turkish-Football that the Lion’s want to avoid playing Liverpool a fee to sign Lucas who has a year remaining on his contract.

The Istanbul giants are also trying to negotiate a contract with Lucas which is lower than the €2.5 million per season he currently earns. Galatasaray have been suspended from European competition this season after feeling to meet targets set by UEFA.

However, further doubt has been cast over the transfer following an injury to the Brazil international. The Liverpool Echo state that Lucas could be out for a month after suffering a knee injury.

The 29-year-old midfielder is currently the longest serving member of the Liverpool squad and if he were to part ways with the Merseyside club it would end a nine year spell at Anfield. Lucas provided one assist in 40 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season.

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