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Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: Inter Milan Return for Lucas

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The end of rumours linking Liverpool to Mateo Kovacic briefly stopped rumblings of a swap deal that would send Lucas Leiva to Inter. Briefly, that is. As now they’re back again minus the swap angle.

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Liverpool have their fair share of persistent supposed transfer targets, players who get linked to the club every window without fail—and often without any solid reason to think they’ll actually be making a move. Players like Pedro and Arda Turan who seem as though they’re destined to be linked for as long as they’re playing but who nobody really thinks will ever actually arrive.

For Inter Milan, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Levia is starting to fall into a similar category. He was first linked with a move to the Italian giants the summer Roy Hodgson was appointed. Ever since, hardly a transfer window goes by where his name doesn’t at least get floated in connection with them, and this summer has unsurprisingly been no different, with the Brazilian once again being linked to Inter.

First, it was in connection to Liverpool’s supposed chase of Mateo Kovacic. English journalists with ties to Liverpool insisted there was no interest, but the Italian press wouldn’t stop pushing the story, and on a number of occasions they suggested Lucas could end up something of a makeweight because the whole point of the Kovacic sale was to be a fundraiser to bring in a new holding midfielder.

When it finally became clear that Liverpool weren’t actually about to sign Kovacic and probably never had been trying to get him in the first place, the Lucas rumblings went away. Now they’re back. Only now the rumours don’t make a great deal of sense when you get right down to it, because in the meantime Inter have gone out and found their holding midfielder: Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Inter may or may not still have to sell Kovacic to pay for Kondogbia, but having filled their position of need with one of the three players—Lucas and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure were the other two most often linked—they were after, diving straight in for a second seems highly unlikely. Still, the Italian press seem fairly certain of it. Just as they have been every window for five years now.

Whether Lucas has a future at Liverpool may be a fair question, but another round of rumours or not, it seems exceptionally unlikely that his future actually lies at Inter Milan. At least this summer.