We always thought that 30 year-old Liverpool holding midfielder Lucas Leiva would have been a good signing for us, but he’s now close to being sold.
News today that Rome club Lazio have agreed a fee of £5M with Liverpool for the Brazilian midfielder.
The deal has not gone through yet, but Sky Sports are reporting the fee has been agreed but personal terms have still to be agreed and then Lucas would need to pass a medical.
Lucas Leiva – close to signing for Lazio
Rafa Benitez signed Lucas for £5M in July of 2007 from Gremio and he has been at the club for 10 years now having played a total of 346 games with 7 goals and 21 assists.
We thought Lucas would have been a great buy for Newcastle and after 10 years at the club it had been thought the Liverpool club would let him leave as a free agent as a reward for his great service.
That would have allowed Lucas to negotiate a really good deal with his new club.
We’re not sure if Rafa was ever interested in signing the player, or whether he may have approached Lucas and the played did not want to come to Newcastle.
He would have given us great experience at the back and the 24 times capped Brazilian Intenrational could play in a number of different potions too.
Lucas also had a very good season last term for the Reds, playing 31 times – 24 of which came in the Premier League – and he scored one of his seven goals for the club – and yes – he went crazy.
Something that happened less than once a year at Liverpool.
But it looks like he’s gone.