The Might Reds have already had to say “goodbye” to one long time servant this week with the departure of Martin Skrtel to Fenerbahce for £5.5 million. If reports are to be believed, long-time Red Lucas Leiva could swiftly follow his former teammate to Istanbul, albeit to cross-town rival Galatasaray.
Galatasaray are reportedly interested in taking Lucas on a season-long loan, unwilling to pay for both his minimal £800,000 release (seriously, how is it that low?) and his £60,000 per week wage. Since Lucas only has 12 months remaining on his contract, Galatasaray execs are hoping to persuade Liverpool to part with the defensive midfielder for a cut-rate deal.
This is not the first time that Lucas has been linked away from Anfield over the past several seasons. Indeed, he narrowly avoided a loan deal to Turkey last season after he suddenly became non-surplus goods with the injury to Jordan Henderson.
Personally, I hope Liverpool can find a way to keep Lucas around. If nothing else, he seems like the kind of veteran player you’d want around the training pitch and in the dressing room. Even when he’s not a nailed-on starter, he’s a very capable player to fill-in at a moment’s notice, even in defense. Currently, the club are without a natural defensive midfielder, and with the departures of Kolo Toure and Skrtel, as well as the injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, Liverpool are precariously thin at the back.
Even if Lucas does want to leave Liverpool in search of more playing time, I would hope the club could find a way not to essentially give him away on a free transfer. Besides, who else at the club could possibly pop up with a perfectly timed, “Unluckeeeee!” These are the sorts of intangibles that just don’t show up on the stat sheet, folks.