Trabzonspor are considering signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to reports in Turkey.

The Brazilian has been linked with moves away from Anfield in recent years and although he still has another year left to run on his contract, Lucas is expected to leave the club in the near future.


Lucas' versatility was particularly useful for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool during the 2016-17 season as injury and form problems saw the 30-year-old start matches in defence, with the Reds finishing the season in fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League.

​Fotomac claim Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor are interested in signing Lucas, with manager Ersun Yanal eager to sign the former Gremio midfielder as the Black Sea Storm look to mount a title challenge next season.

However, a transfer may not materialise should Reds boss Klopp believe his squad is still lacking depth come the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign and believes Lucas can still add to Liverpool's central defence and midfield departments.

A leaked document shows Trabzonspor have given agent Ahmet Bulut authority to begin talks with Liverpool and Lucas regarding a potential move, with Bulut being given responsibility for "all aspects of negotiations".

Lucas is currently Liverpool's longest serving player, having joined the club in 2007, and has made over 300 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.

However, he is no longer a guaranteed starter in Liverpool's strongest team, with Klopp favouring a three-man midfield of Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson for much of the 2016-17 campaign, while Emre Can also made 39 appearances in all competitions