Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva has emerged as a surprise target for Lazio in the summer transfer window.
Lazio are looking set to land Lucas Leiva after Italian Media ( ) revealed that they are in advanced negotiations with Liverpool ahead of a potential move.
The Brazil international has joined Liverpool from Grêmio for a fee in the region of 10 million euros in July 2007. The 30-year-old has a valid contract with Liverpool until June 2018.
The 30-year-old has played 346 times for Liverpool since signing from Grêmio, scoring 7 goals and creating 21 assists in that time.
Lucas Leiva has represented Brazil at Under-20 and Under-23 level, winning 16 caps and scoring 4 goals, before making his senior international debut in October 2006. As a member of Brazil national football team, Lucas Leiva has won 22 caps.
The defensive midfielder’s contract at Liverpool is about to expire in 12 months and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation, with Lazio showing the most concrete interest in an attempt to lure the player to their team.
Simone Inzaghi wants to sign a new defensive midfielder this summer and Lucas Leiva is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
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The Brazil international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Simone Inzaghi wants to target in the summer transfer window.
Lazio are in the market for just a handful of statement signings this summer who can improve the first-team.
However, there is some talk that Simone Inzaghi could rotate his players more next season as Lazio look to compete on three fronts, so there could still be enough game time available for Lucas Leiva if he did make the move.
According to the report in Italian Media, Leiva is expected to undergoing a medical today in his 5 million euros transfer from Liverpool.