The Brazil international has spent nine years on Merseyside, yet over the past couple of seasons injuries have restricted his playing time and often prompted a lack of form.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is seemingly intent on strengthening his squad this summer, and the now heavy competition for places could see Leiva spent even more time on the peripherals of the first-team.
The Daily Mirror recently reported that Galatasary were interested in a £2.5 million deal for the former Gremio man, and now club director Levent Nazifoglu has admitted that he is a key transfer target.
“One of the players that we are following is Lucas Leiva, I can assure you of that. But he isn’t the only player we have in mind, there are other alternatives,” Nazifoglu told reporters, quoted by Tuttomercatoweb.
Leiva has actually played a main role during Liverpool’s pre-season campaign thus far, yet with only one year remaining on his contract the club may feel the time is right to let him leave.
The 29-year-old was brought to the club by then manager Rafa Benitez and is currently among the players the longest-serving star at the club, having made over 300 appearances in all competitions.
His only success on Merseyside, however, is a solitary League Cup victory in the 2011-12 campaign.