Lucas Leiva could finally be set to complete his move to Galatasaray after their club director revealed that Lucas is close to making his decision, claiming he needs 'one more day', according to their official Twitter account.
The Brazilian had been the subject of heavy interest from the Turkish giants with a fee being agreed last week around the £2-3m mark, as he edges close to a move away from Anfield.
Lucas was on the verge of joining Galatasaray but his wife urged him to stay which stalled the transfer. #LFC [Yeni Safak]— Anfield Hub (@AnfieldHub) August 9, 2016
Levent Nazifoğlu: We've spoken personally with Lucas Leiva. He asked for one more day. The situation will be clearer by tonight.— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) August 9, 2016
However, the Liverpool Echo reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been blocking the exit door for the colourful Brazilian as he searched for defensive cover, following a string of injuries.
Now with new signing Joel Matip fresh back from injury it opens the option for Lucas Leiva to leave the club, the only player left over from the Benitez era.
Galatasaray revealed that Lucas' future lies in his hands after the club director, Levent Nazifoglu, had spoken with the midfielder who expressed that he needs one more day to make his decision.
The 29-year-old joined the Reds nine years ago from Gremio for £5m and has since tallied over 300 appearances for the club, establishing himself as a cult hero in the process.
With the decision resting in Lucas' hands, Galatasaray are hoping a decision will be made sooner rather than later, even expecting some news to become clearer on Tuesday night.
If Lucas Leiva does decide that he does not wish to join the Turkish side and does want to remain with Liverpool, it is expected that the Istanbul-based side may turn to Manchester United want-away midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as their alternative.