Liverpool Midfielder Heading for £8.3m Palermo Move?

Anfield midfielder linked with move to Serie A.

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Apr. 08, 2010 - Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK - epa02109049 Liverpool's Lucas Leiva celebrates during the Europe League quarter final return match between Liverpool FC and S.L. Benfica, at the Anfield stadium, Liverpool, North West England, 08 April 2010.

Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini believes there is still a chance the club could capture Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The Serie A outfit confirmed earlier this month they had made a bid for the Brazilian, but denied it was as high as €6million (£4.99m).

Sabatini says the two clubs are still talking and believes a deal could be done if the Italian club can up its bid.

He told “Is there a dialogue with Liverpool for Lucas Leiva?

“Yes, there is still a dialogue even if it is a marginal dialogue. Do Liverpool say he is unsellable – I believe that there is room for flexibility.

“How much would he cost? They evaluate him at €10million (£8.31m) but with €6-7 million I think maybe that the deal could be closed if the club would be willing to invest that figure.”

He added to Live Sicilia: “Lucas? It is a remote possibility, we must try to be patient.” (Sky Sports)

Lucas Leiva has more than his fair share of detractors at Anfield but even his most ardent critic would admit the Brazilian has improved over the past season and has won his place back in the national team squad as a result. Roy Hodgson may well consider a sale though as he looks to make changes at Liverpool.

Having already offloaded Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun and with Emiliano Insua soon to be on his way also it seems that the new Liverpool boss is keen to re-shape the squad to better reflect the direction he is looking to take the club.

If the clubs are already discussing the issue of how much the 23 year old is worth then a deal could well be in the offing. Rafa Benitez had also been linked with taking the former Gremio midfielder to the San Siro but an offer has yet to come from the Inter Milan camp so a move to Sicily may be a more likely deal.

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