Lucas Leiva could be leaving Liverpool this month as he mulls over an offer from South America, according to Brazilian station Radio 98FM.
Brazilian side Atletico-MG are keen to sign a top-midfielder for the forthcoming season and have approached Liverpool about the option of signing Lucas Leiva, who sees his contract at Anfield expire at the end of the season.
Whilst he has a few months remaining on his deal, Leiva is open to an exit this month but his preference is to remain in Europe- which is why he’s asked the South American side for a few days to think about his options.
Further approaches could be forthcoming, especially if any interested party feels the offer from Atletico could tempt the Brazilian to return to his homeland, with Inter Milan regularly linked with a swoop.
The 30-year-old has achieved vast success with Liverpool since joining the club a decade ago but has seen his importance amongst the squad decline in recent seasons. Featuring 15 times this season, only three have been Premier League starts.
Leiva’s other opportunities have come in the cup competitions or off the bench and Leiva is likely to want a more important role in a side. At his age, it’s certainly not a request that will be difficult to adhere to and Liverpool should respect the player’s wishes given the service he has provided the club.