Although it’s believed that Italian side Inter Milan remain the front-runners to snap up Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, that hasn’t stopped Turkish side Besiktas from making their interest known in the versatile and out of favour Brazilian.
The Reds have yet to transfer list the 28-year old, but it’s believed that they will listen to offers in the region of £8mil for his services after he supposedly had a falling out with boss Brendan Rodgers over his lack of playing time. Rated highly by a number of clubs from Serie A, this news is rumoured to have perked up the ears of both AC Milan and reigning champions Juventus, though neither side has made a move for him at this point — something that’s sure to encourage the Black Eagles to continue in their pursuit.
It’s obvious that Besiktas have some problems in the middle of the park; both Veli Kavlak and Tolgay Arsla are ruled out through injury until the turn of the year, leaving boss Senol Gunes scrambling for reinforcements. Rumour has it that the Turkish outfit are preparing a bid in the region of £3.5mil to try to tempt Liverpool’s hand, though it’s expected that the Reds will turn away any offers that don’t come close to their valuation. With time running short, a number of media sources are stating that Besiktas have now turned their attentions to bring him in on a season long loan, but with interest from Italy still hot on the burner, the Anfield outfit could be reluctant to oblige their request.
Despite being linked with a number of sides, links to Inter Milan remain the most credible with boss Roberto Mancini on the record as a known admirer of his many skills, and with Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic shipped off to Real Madrid for a boat-load of money, not only does the Italian manager have funds at his disposal, he’s got a spot in his squad as well. If Besiktas want Lucas that bad, they’re going to have open their wallet — and do it fast.