Rafa Benitez signed 20 year-old Lucas Leiva from Brazilian club Gremio for £5M way back in 2007 and he became a stalwart for the Reds playing defensive midfield for Liverpool.
It’s interesting that one month after signing for Liverpool Lucas gained his first full cap for Brazil after he had been captain of the Brazilian U20 side.
And there’s news today in the Northern Echo that Rafa is keen to sign the 30 year-old, who had a very good season last season at the Reds playing in defensive midfield and also on occasion at center-back.
30 year-old Lucas Leiva of Liverpool
Lucas played 31 times with one goal for Liverpool and in his career he has made 344 appearances for Liverpool with seven goals and 247 of those were in the Premier League: he has 24 caps for Brazil.
So Lucas would be a very welcome and very experienced addition to the Newcastle squad, if we can sign him.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Benitez would just love to sign his former player and we saw at Anfield last year that there’s still a terrific relationship between Rafa and Lucas as they met on the touchline before the game which ended in 2-2 draw.
It was very obvious that Lucas was simply delighted to see Rafa again as he ran from the dugout to greet the former Liverpool manager on the touchline before the game.
Lucas has been linked with a return to Brazil and his first club Gremio, but it’s clear from the report today in the Northern Echo that Rafa would just love to have the player at Newcastle, where his vast experience would be a major boost to the team.
This is not the first time we have been linked with a move for Lucas Leiva and at 30 years of age he still has a number of seasons left where he could play Premier League football, especially after his impressive season for the Reds last term.
And with just one year left on his contract at the Reds, he’s available for just £4M so that could be a very good deal for Newcastle.
What do you think?