Liverpool ace set for the chop to fund Lovren transfer

lucas.jpgThere are mixed feelings amongst Liverpool supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern today.

Reports from The Express are claiming the club are set to offload their second most long-serving player in a bid to fund a move for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren.

The Reds saw a £20 million bid rejected for the Croatian international defender last week, with the Saints demanding £25 million for the 25-year-old former Lyon centre back.

Lovren himself is desperate to complete the move and has even threatened to go on strike in order to force the deal through.

However Southampton are refusing to budge on their valuation of a player they signed for £9 million from Lyon just a year ago.

That means Liverpool are ready to allow Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva to leave the club in order to cover their shortfall.

The 27-year-old dropped down the pecking order at Anfield during the second half of last season after a knee injury, whilst Brendan Rodgers has added midfielders Adam Lallana and Emre Can to the ranks already this summer.

Reports in Italy suggest former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is keen to bring the player to Napoli, although the Serie A club are looking at a deal that would see them sign Lucas on a season-long loan with an option to buy, whilst Liverpool are after a straight cash deal.

That could see Inter Milan swooping in to make a move for the midfielder, who joined the Reds in the summer of 2007, and has made a total of 243 appearances for the club.

That said, the Nerazzurri are also keen on a loan deal for Cardiff City’s Gary Medel who could fill a similar role to Lucas.

Liverpool fans. Do you think it is the right decision to let Lucas Leiva go? And is Dejan Lovren really worth £25 million? Let us know your thoughts below.

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