Liverpool are set for a busy summer on the transfer market after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title and securing Champions League football.
The Reds are expected to make several significant signings to compete on four fronts next season, but a number of players could also be on their way out in the coming months.
One man who struggled to find continuity this term was Lucas Leiva, his opportunities limited with Steven Gerrard moving into a deeper midfield role.
The Brazilian has been tagged as surplus to requirements and out of sync with Brendan Rodgers’ brand of football by some - and potentially headed for the exit door at Anfield.
A ‘goodbye’ tweet that Lucas later downplayed only fueled speculation over a departure, whilst this week Inter were linked with a move for his services by Sportmediaset.
The Italian outlet claimed Liverpool put a €13million price-tag on the 27-year-old, a sum the Nerazzurri are unwilling to pay but will look to lower in negotiations in the next few weeks.
Lucas, however, has now come forward to quash suggestions he could be on his way to San Siro.
“I can say at the moment I have received no offers,” he told fcinternews.it. “Liverpool have never contacted me regarding this possibility.
“So I can’t say there is a chance of me going to Inter, because I am under contract at Liverpool.”
It’s worth noting that the latest reports didn’t actually claim Inter had submitted a formal bid yet for Lucas - in turn it’s possible preliminary talks have indeed taken place with Liverpool.
Still, it remains to be seen whether the Reds will ultimately decide to cash in on the Brazil international and reinvest in a new midfield option to bolster the squad.
Lucas has spent the past seven years on Merseyside and is a veteran of the club, so deciding whether to allow him to leave with a packed fixture list coming up next season will require careful consideration on Liverpool’s part.