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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lucas set to stay with Liverpool after impressing against Arsenal

ESPN FC's Dan Thomas assesses the Liverpool career of Lucas Leiva.

Lucas Leiva looks likely to remain a Liverpool player with manager Brendan Rodgers insisting he is an important part of his squad.

Lucas, 28, appeared to be surplus requirements with Besiktas hopeful of signing the player. The Turkish club reportedly had a loan bid rejected for the Brazil international but were expected to return with an improved offer.

The midfielder seemed to wave goodbye to the Liverpool fans when he was substituted during Monday night's 0-0 draw at Arsenal. This is after ESPN...

 By PA Sport

Mario Gomez spurned Premier League offers for Besiktas move

Ex-Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez ruled out a return to the Bundesliga, where he starred for Stuttgart and Bayern.

Mario Gomez has revealed he rejected offers from England and Germany to join Besiktas on loan from Fiorentina this summer.

The 30-year-old left Serie A after two largely disappointing seasons which were marred by injury in a bid to revive his career in Turkey.

With Euro 2016 on the horizon and the determination to break back into the Germany squad in time to be part of it, Gomez is convinced he made the right move, adding that he could not have returned to the Bundesliga.

"It was not really an option...

 By Ben Gladwell

Mario Gomez seals Besiktas loan from Fiorentina ahead of permanent deal

Mario Gomez will be hoping to find form in Turkey to force himself back into the German squad for Euro 2016.

Besiktas have confirmed the signing of Germany international Mario Gomez from Fiorentina.

Gomez, 30, has joined on an initial one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move being completed next summer.

The former Stuttgart and Bayern Munich striker made just 29 Serie A appearances and scored seven league goals in two seasons in Florence, with a succession of injuries limiting his playing time.

The Turkish club confirmed Gomez's arrival with a Tweet before the player posted a picture of...

 By Ben Gladwell

Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez set to seal Besiktas move

Mario Gomez was restricted by injuries at Fiorentina.

Mario Gomez is on the verge of joining Besiktas from Fiorentina, according to the Serie A club's general manager Andrea Rogg.

Germany international Gomez is in Turkey putting the finishing touches to a move which will bring to an end a largely disappointing two-year spell with the Viola.

The 30-year-old managed just 29 Serie A appearances and scored seven league goals in Florence with a succession of injuries limiting his playing time.

Besiktas have all but confirmed the former Stuttgart and Bayern...

Fiorentina's Mario Gomez a target for Besiktas but no deal is agreed - agent

Mario Gomez looks set to stay with Fiorentina despite a his high wages and lack of goals.

Mario Gomez is a target for Besiktas, but the Fiorentina striker's agent says no deal has yet been agreed with either the Turkish side or any other suitors.

Gomez, 30, is Fiorentina's highest-paid player but the former Bayern Munich forward managed just four goals in 20 league appearances last season.

Sport 1 reports Besiktas lead the race to sign Gomez, although his agent, Uli Ferber, would only confirm the Super Lig club are one of a number of interested parties.

"There are talks with...