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'An attempt will be made' - Key Liverpool midfielder targeted for Serie A swoop

Rafa Benitez is eyeing Lucas Leiva according to reports in Italy.

There is no denying how important Lucas is to Liverpool's midfield, in fact it is highly questionable whether the club have able back-up should he suffer another injury.

The Brazilian has long matured since his difficult early days at Anfield where he struggled to win over fans, but the club are reaping the reward of then manager Rafa Benitez giving him a chance and sticking with him.

The Spaniard is now boss at Napoli, and has been linked this Monday with launching a bid to bring the midfielder to Serie A.

Napoli have long been linked with his teammate Martin Skrtel, and already have goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan from Liverpool.

Italian website Ilsussidiario report: 

"The name of Lucas Leiva is back circulating at Napoli. It will not be easy to tear him from the Reds where he has a contract until 2017, mid-season. However an attempt will be made, taking into account the 'magnetism' of Rafa Benitez when it comes to his former players."

The report states that Lucas is valued at around £15 million, and a 'concrete offer' would be made in January.

It's tough however to see Liverpool entertaining it. Even if a spectacular figure was offered, the Brazilian is simply too important to the club, and in many ways every bit as essential as Luis Suarez - and we all saw just how determined they were to hang onto him this summer.

While it is perhaps reasonable to suggest at one point Lucas may want to play Champions League football, with Liverpool in one of the most open races to finish in the top four this season, leaving halfway through would not make sense from several perspectives.

Should Liverpool tell Napoli where to go? Is Lucas more important than Suarez?



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