Liverpool ready to agree the transfer of South American star

Turkish side Trabzonspor are in talks with Liverpool over a move for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, claims a report.

Lucas has been at Anfield for over 10 years, but played a bit-part role under Jurgen Klopp last season as the Reds finished in the top four for the first time since 2014.

He only started 12 times in the Premier League, and with a year left on his contract, it appears Klopp may be ready to cash in before he can leave on a free next summer.

Turkish newspaper Fotomac are reporting that Trabzonspor have made contact regarding the player and negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs.

The club are managed by Ersun Yanal and finished sixth in the Turkish Super Lig last season, meaning they missed out on European qualification.

Liverpool are reported to want £5million for the player, but his wage demands could prove difficult for Trabzonspor to match.

His former club Gremio have registered an interest in the 31-year-old, while Newcastle and Brighton are both believed to be keen.

“Lucas is a great player, signing him would make an impact,” vice-president Odorico Roman told Zero Hora recently.

“If there is a possibility within the financial conditions of the club, and that also serves Lucas’ interest, it is possible that he may come.”