Lazio star Lucas Leiva claims that Inter Milan failed to reach an agreement with Liverpool for him despite Roberto Mancini wishing to take him to the San Siro.
The South American midfielder finished his ten-year stay at Liverpool to join Lazio last summer, however his fate at Merseyside was a subject of speculation for seasons before he finally left.
He was strongly linked with a move to Inter over the seasons and Lucas says that Mancini was indeed interested in landing him during his second spell as Nerazzurri manager.
But, a deal never happened and the midfielder claimed that despite Mancini’s interest, Inter never really came close to completing an agreement with Liverpool.
And he also added that the Serie A side also failed to ahcive his demands, which finally led to the fail of negotiations.
Asked why he didn’t join Inter despite the talks, Lucas told Corriere dello Sport: “There is no one reason. For a transfer to happen, three or four things need to be done and then time was also a factor.
“Mancini, when he was at Inter, wanted me. He knew me and I played many times against Manchester City during his tenure, but Liverpool and Inter could not reach an agreement. Even for me, some of the conditions were not fulfilled.”