JURGEN KLOPP is ready to let Lucas Leiva leave in January – to free up space for one of the club’s top youngsters.
Italian giants Inter Milan want the Brazilian – and have put an offer to the Kop club, report the Daily Mail.
Inter want Lucas on loan next month with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.
And Liverpool are now weighing up that offer.
It’s added that Lucas is the Nerazzurri’s first choice, with Lass Diarra, John Obi Mikel and Milan Badelj also on their transfer shortlist as Stefano Pioli looks at add options to his squad in the January transfer window.
Lucas has been at Liverpool since 2007 but has struggled for some time to secure a regular spot in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
With significant competition for places in midfield, he has been forced to show his versatility and play in defence but with mixed results leading to further question marks about his future at Anfield.
In turn, it’s no real surprise that Klopp is willing to allow the former Gremio star a chance to move on, with Inter in need of reinforcements to help continue their recent resurgence with Pioli and Co looking to force their way back into contention for a top three finish this season.
But with youngster Joe Gomez closing in on a first-team return after a horrendous run of injuries, Klopp is said to be considering letting Lucas go to to ensure he doesn’t block the talented 19-year-old’s development.