Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is on the verge of joining Turkish side Besiktas on a season-long loan deal according to reports.
The 28-year-old Brazilian came to Liverpool from Gremio back in 2007 and has made 275 appearances for Liverpool, including 32 last season, but manager Brendan Rodgers has deemed Lucas expendable as he sees Emre Can as his first choice in the holding midfield role. Lucas is the player that has been in the Liverpool first team the longest of all players in the current squad.
The Daily Mail reports that Lucas will be joining the Istanbul club soon on a loan deal as Besiktas need reinforcements in midfield after injuries to Tolgay Arslan and Veli Kavlak. Besiktas sits fourth in the Turkish Super Lig after two games, having won the opener against Mersin Idman Yurdu 5-2 before losing 2-1 at home to Trabzonspor on Saturday. The team finished third last season, eight points behind winner Galatasaray and five points behind runners-up Fenerbahce.
Liverpool are believed to want to offload Lucas permanently, but there hasn’t been any bids for the player. The Brazilian was voted Liverpool Player of the Year in 2010/2011 and was part of the League Cup winning side in 2011/2012. He also has 24 caps for the Brazilian national team and was part of the Brazilian squad that won bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He will be Besiktas second loan, as they also have German striker Mario Gomez on loan from Italian side Fiorentina.