Lucas Flies To Rome
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is expected to complete his £4.4million move from Liverpool to Lazio today.
Leiva arrived in Rome on Sunday night and was photographed wearing a Lazio scarf as he headed out of the city’s airport. The 30-year-old is expected to undergo a medical today before signing for the Serie A club.
The move brings to an end the Brazilian’s ten-year stint at Anfield. He arrived at Liverpool from Brazilian club Gremio in the summer of 2007 for a fee of £5million and went on to make 344 appearances for the Reds in all competitions. He scored seven goals for the club.
The 24-time Brazil international made 12 starts and 12 substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Reds last season. Manager Jurgen Klopp utilised Lucas as a central defender at times but there is no automatic spot for him in the Liverpool starting line-up and Lazio were given permission to speak to him earlier this month.
He will take Lucas Biglia’s place in Simone Inzaghi’s midfield. Argentina international Biglia joined AC Milan on Sunday for a fee believed to be €17million (£15million).
“I’m happy to be here,” Lucas said at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. “I have not talked with Simone Inzaghi, but I will soon.”
The signing could be confirmed later today.