Report: Besiktas in talks with Liverpool over Lucas Leiva move

Lucas Leiva's first team opportunities have become limited and he looks set to leave Liverpool.

Besiktas have made an approach to Liverpool about signing midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to the Liverpool Echo.

It has been reported that the Brazilian is surplus to requirements at Anfield having been left out of the matchday squad in both of the Reds' opening two Premier League games this season. The Echo has previously reported that Lucas could be available for a fee of around £8 million. 

Emre Can looks to be the man earmarked to play the holding midfield role this season for the Reds as Brendan Rodgers seems to be relaxed about the midfield options at his disposal.

The Echo's report suggests that it could be an initial season-long loan deal and quote the head of the Besiktas transfer committee Erdal Torunogullar─▒, who says: “Lucas is a player on our shortlist, talks are ongoing.”

They also carry a quote from a board member Erol Kaynar: “A loan deal is likely, it could go ahead within the next two days.”

It looks as though this could be the beginning of the end of the Brazilian's eight year association with the Reds having slid down the pecking order at Anfield with four central midfielder seemingly preferred to him, while Brendan Rodgers has academy options in Jordan Rossiter and Cameron Brannigan who are on the fringes of the Reds first team. 

During his time at Anfield, Lucas has managed to turn things around from a fan that was booed by his own supporters to becoming something of a cult hero - who further endeared himself to fans last season by crowd surfing after a goal against Aston Villa at Villa Park last season. 

Some would prefer he stays as he's an experienced and proven player in the holding role but at 28 he does need some regular game time as he has plenty of years left ahead of him at a good level. Only time will tell if Liverpool regret the decision, but to some it will represent something of a gamble. 

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