Liverpool's Brazil international expected to arrive in Istanbul today ahead of transfer

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Lucas Leiva of Liverpool clashes with Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Semi-Final second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s Brazilian international midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to arrive in Istanbul today to complete his move to Galatasaray according to Fanatik.

The daily sports paper states that the Istanbul Giants have struck a deal with both Liverpool and Lucas and will sign him on a permanent deal. NTV Spor report that Galatasaray have offered €3 million for the services of the 29-year-old.

However, The Liverpool Echo state that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has temporarily blocked the transfer of Lucas Leiva until defensive cover is found.

The German tactician is currently facing a defensive crisis with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all sidelined. Lucas is a central midfielder but he offers Klopp an additional defensive option and filled in at centre-back at times last season.

Lucas is currently out injured with a hamstring strain but should return to training over the next two weeks.

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