Monday March 28 2011
Napoli target Lucas and Fernandinho

Napoli director of sport Riccardo Bigon is expressing an interest in Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva and his counterpart at Shakhtar Fernandinho.

The Partenopei have identified central midfield as a problem area and plan to address the issue once the transfer window opens again in the summer.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Napoli already reached an agreement with Lucas and Liverpool back in January only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.

Napoli apparently have a strong relationship with Liverpool following the transfer of their wing-back Andrea Dossena just over a year ago.

Lucas' contract is due to expire in 2012 and though he recently expressed a desire to sign an extension, Liverpool will consider offers worth between €5m and €6m.

As for Fernandinho, he is in the same position at Shakhtar, although the 25-year-old is about to make his comeback after seven months out with a knee injury.

He is valued at €4m and has also drawn interest from Juventus and Fiorentina in recent months.

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