Friday January 9 2015
Decisive hours for Leiva-Inter

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is said to be favourable to an Italian move, and the English club could provide an answer to Inter's advances today.

Rumours of the Nerazzurri's interest in the Brazilian have been circulating since December, but the clubs may now be close to reaching an agreement.

According to today's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Leiva has already spoken with Coach Roberto Mancini and would like to move to the Serie A club.

Inter's ambition is reportedly to pick the player up in a loan deal, or in a player exchange including a small payment. The Reds on the other hand would prefer a direct purchase.

New contacts between the two clubs will take place today, with La Gazzetta confirming that a definitive answer by Liverpool is plausible.

Another player being followed attentively is Inter veteran Thiago Motta, currently with Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian oriundo could join the Nerazzurri either as an alternative or as an addition to Leiva.

Meanwhile, Mancini would also apparently like a defensive reinforcement and Basel's Fabian Schar is touted as an option, though the player will only be returning next week from an injury and may not meet Inter's urgent requirements.

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