Lucas Leiva’s proposed move to Galatasaray was blocked by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, according to an agent working on the deal.
Lucas Leiva is expected to play a peripheral role at Anfield this season but Metin Korkmaz, an agent employed by Galatasaray to help smooth over negotiations, has claims Klopp blocked the move.
“Klopp was behind the transfer hitting the rocks, he wants Lucas to stay and the player had to listen,” Korkmaz says.
“If it was up to Lucas he would have made the transfer.”
The Liverpool Echo report the Brazilian midfielder was keen on the move to Turkey before Klopp intervened.
Liverpool’s lack of defensive midfield options, and a lack of cover at centre-back, is understood to be the reason for the decision.
Lucas, who out of contract at the end of the season, was close to joining Besiktas 12 months ago before an injury to Jordan Henderson saw him remain at Anfield.
Lucas Leiva is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.