Serie A side lining up late deal for Liverpool favourite, one big issue

Serie A side Sampdoria are keen on Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva, but the player’s wages are an obstacle they may be unable to overcome, according to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Brazilian is now the longest serving player at Anfield after joining the club way back in 2007 under the guidance of then manager, Rafa Benitez.

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Although his first few years on Merseyside saw Lucas widely written off as a flop, the now 29-year-old has reinvented his game by moving into a holding midfield role and has become a cult hero among Liverpool supporters for his persistence and love of the club.

However, with the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum having swelled the numbers in the centre of the pitch for Jurgen Klopp, the former Gremio man is some way down the pecking order, and may struggle to gain first-team action despite being able to play at centre-back.

Although the German gaffer has suggested that he will not allow Lucas to leave unless a replacement is signed, reports claim that Sampdoria are interested in the experienced campaigner, with the Italians keen to snap up a midfielder for manager, Marco Giampaolo.

However, the Liverpool ace’s wage demands will make it difficult for the Blucerchiati to fund a move, while rival interest may be more alluring to the player.