Sunday August 10 2014
Lucas Leiva wants Napoli

Napoli are closing in on Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who could reunite with Rafa Benitez on loan.

According to The Independent on Sunday, the 27-year-old is determined to make the move to Serie A this summer.

The Brazilian hinted at his hopes by tweeting a picture of a light at the end of a tunnel.

Marouane Fellaini had become Napoli’s top target for the midfield, but even if Manchester United did loan him out, the Belgian would still cost £100,000 per week in wages.

Leiva would be considerably cheaper and Liverpool are prepared to loan him out, perhaps even paying a portion of his salary while in Naples.

It was Benitez who first signed Leiva at Anfield in 2007, but the 27-year-old only started five matches in 2014.

He also blamed the club for missing out on Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Italian media have also picked up on the Lucas Leiva link, but insist Fellaini could well arrive too.

Napoli are also in negotiations with Liverpool to take Daniel Agger on loan.

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