Liverpool ace set for Italy move but Jurgen Klopp refuses to accept transfer, Reds boss vetoed similar move to Galatasaray last season

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool ace Lucas Leiva set for Italy move but Jurgen Klopp refuses to accept transfer

Liverpool veteran Lucas Leiva has been closely linked with a move to Lazio.

The BBC report that the Reds allowed Lucas to travel to Italy to hold talks with the Serie A outfit.

Per the source, the Italian giants want Lucas on a £5 million move which is what the Reds paid for him in 2007 from Gremio.

Reports in Italy and Spain suggest that Lucas is set for a summer exit, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has however, hinted that the deal is not done just yet.

Klopp underlined that Lucas was on the verge of leaving last season as well but that the transfer fell through.

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The Liverpool Echo quoted Klopp as saying: “I am not 100% sure because I’m not sure how it is at the moment but I think for Lucas, outstanding, fantastic time at Liverpool, we should talk about facts and not rumours.

“We have to wait, I’m not sure. Maybe something, maybe not, like last year and half a year ago.”

Galatasaray were on the verge of signing Lucas last summer to former club director Levent Nazifoglu.

“We spoke with Lucas Leiva last night and he asked us for another day before making his decision [to join],” Nazifoglu told Turkish-football over the summer transfer window.

“The situation will be clearer by tonight.”

The Lions gave Lucas 24 hours to make his decision towards the end of the transfer window but Klopp vetoed the move according to Fanatik.