Anfield hero could be on his way out.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could be on the verge of a shock departure from Anfield after the vast influx of central midfielders into the club this summer.
The 24-year-old only signed a new deal in March and was voted Player of the Year last season following his campaign to date.
The Brazil international was signed for £6million by Rafa Benitez in 2007, finally cemented his place in the heart of the Reds’ midfield.
But Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has splashed out £49million on midfielders in the transfer window on Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam.
The competition for places is more intense when you include captain Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles, Maxi Rodriguez, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic and the returning Alberto Aquilani.
Throw into the mix youngsters Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey and Dalglish has big selection problems.
The Scot knows he has to sell before he can buy, but he cannot sell the fringe players because their wages are too high for other teams.
Fiorentina are keen on flop Aquilani, Anderlecht are chasing Jovanovic and Poulsen has been linked with FC Copenhagen. But there has been no firm interest in either Cole or Maxi.
This leaves Dalglish possibly having to sell his in-form stars, and Lucas has already made it clear he does not want to be sitting on the bench this season.
“Lucas only signed a new deal in March and was voted Player of the Year by the fans,” A source told the Sun.
“But the word is he is leaving and that will shock a lot of people, especially after he played so well last season.”