Lucas Leiva’s career could come full cycle if he ends his ten year association with Liverpool to rejoin former club, Gremio, who he left to join the Reds in the summer of 2007 in a deal worth £5m.
Brazilian side Gremio reportedly have a strong interest in re-signing Lucas who could make the move for free, despite having one year remaining on his current contract on Merseyside.
Reports coming out of Brazil from Zero Hora claim that the club is doing whatever it takes to convince Lucas to play out the remainder of his career at the club which gave him his first professional start.
The 30-year-old has admitted in recent weeks that he still holds onto the thought of returning to Gremio, which has reportedly been handed a boost as Liverpool have told Lucas that he can leave the club on a free transfer.
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Gremio’s club director, Odorico Roman, spoke of Lucas after his side’s match against Cruzeiro at the weekend, he said: “Lucas is a great player, it would be an impact signing.
“If there is a possibility in the financial conditions of Grêmio, and that also serves Lucas’ interest, it is possible that he may come.
“At this time, there is no negotiation. I talked to him a few days ago. At any moment we can make contact. He is also seeing the interest of other clubs. There is, yes, possibility of him coming. There is currently nothing in progress.”
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There are bound to be numerous clubs around Europe who are interested in signing the midfielder who has exceeded over 240 Premier League appearances and has 24 Brazilian caps.
Lucas has seemingly come close to leaving Liverpool on numerous occasions during his ten year stay at the club, but the 30-year-old is expected to weigh up his options when he returns from his holiday.
However with his role at Liverpool likely to diminish further following expected arrivals during the summer transfer window a move away from Merseyside may be the best for Lucas if he is to take on a new challenge and ensure he plays week in and week out.