Liverpool get go-ahead for potential Lucas replacement (not Illarramendi)

Liverpool have been handed a boost in the race for Thiago Motta, with the experienced Italy international having confessed that he’s ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The 32-year-old former Barcelona and Inter Milan ace has been aligned with the Reds of late amid suggestions that Lucas is ready to move on in search of regular playing time.

Should the Merseysiders let their Brazilian go they are said to be keen to land a direct replacement, despite there having already been seven new first-team arrivals at Anfield already this summer.

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And their hopes of making Motta number eight have been boosted, with the physically imposing enforcer suggesting he’s keen to leave PSG:

“I know my importance in the team, but the club don’t think like that.” He is quoted by Metro.

“The transfer window is open. We’re going to see – I’m open to every situation.

“We have to find an agreement for the good of the club. The important thing is not me, the hierarchy, or the players. The important thing is the club.

“I don’t like to speak like that – I always talk about the team. But now we have a situation where I have to think about myself.”

Motta’s age means that he’s outside of the typical profile of player Liverpool usually go for, but his vast experience – he’s won league titles in Spain, Italy and France as well as the Champions League – may be appealing.