The Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray want to avoid paying Liverpool an up-front fee to sign Lucas Leiva.
Sources close to the Lions have told Caught Offside’s Eren Sarigul that Galatasaray are doing everything within their power not to pay a transfer fee to Liverpool due to Financial Fair Play restrictions on the club.
The Istanbul giants will have to foot Lucas’ €2.5 million per season wages if they sign him this summer. Galatasaray have been suspended from European competition this season after failing to meet targets set by UEFA.
Meanwhile,the Liverpool Echo report that the Brazil international will be sidelined for a month after undergoing tests that revealed the severity of his injury.
Lucas is currently the longest serving member of the Liverpool squad and if he were to part ways with the Reds it would end a nine year spell at Anfield.
The 29-year-old provided one assist in 40 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool last season.
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