Lucas Leiva to depart Liverpool

The Premier League released a list of retained players and scholars on Friday, but Lucas Leiva did not feature for the Merseyside giants.

Earlier this week, it had been reported that the long-serving Brazilian was keen on a return to his homeland with Gremio and it now appears that the move will become official in the near future.

It was from Gremio that Liverpool signed the 30-year-old in 2007 for £5m, and he has gone on to make 345 appearances in all competitions.

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