The Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Steven Gerrard’s presence at the club will enable them to bring a handful of quality players to Ibrox this summer.
Gerrard may not have any experience in football management, but the appeal of working alongside him will certainly be an enticing proposition for potential signings during the transfer window. According to the Daily Record, Gerrard is lining up a double swoop for Dominic Solanke and Jermaine Defoe this summer, but the same report claims that he is also interested in bringing Lucas Leiva to the club from Lazio.
The Brazilian international who spent 10 years at Liverpool between 2007 and 2017 has played alongside Gerrard on plenty of occasions, so the prospect of joining him in Scotland will certainly offer some form of appeal for the defensive midfielder.
Considering he has only been playing his trade in Serie A for one season thus far, it seems unlikely that he will be tempted into a transfer away from Lazio just yet, but if Gerrard is ultimately able to persuade him to join Rangers, Scott Brown’s status as the SPFL’s best centre-midfield player would come under serious threat.
Celtic’s captain and loyal stalwart was recently voted PFA Scotland Player of the Year for the second time in his career following an impressive campaign at the heart of the Hoops’ midfield, but Lucas’ transfer to the SPFL could knock the 32-year-old off his perch.
Although Lucas would not emulate the same level of passion and commitment to the club which Brown demonstrates on a weekly basis for Celtic, the level of technical quality he would install into Rangers would make him the standout midfielder in Scottish football.
Boasting an extensive range of passing, an intelligent footballing brain and composure in possession, Lucas is a superb deep-lying midfield player, and his arrival would represent a coup for Rangers in their bid to usurp Celtic at the top of the SPFL next season.
With Brown set to turn 33 in June, it’s unlikely that he will be expecting to win the PFA award for a second consecutive season, but Lucas’ arrival at Rangers would all but ensure that he would play second-fiddle to the Brazilian next season.
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