As Inter hover, is Lucas' Liverpool exit imminent?

Lucas Leiva

Inter have been following Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva for nearly four years and they may make another effort to sign him.

Liverpool's Brazilian international Lucas Leiva has long been coveted by Inter and the Italians may come calling this summer.

The 27-year-old has been called up to Brazil's provisional World Cup squad as a reserve and Inter are said to be ready to make an approach in the next few weeks.

Lucas didn't have the best of starts to his Liverpool career and was initially an unpopular figure with fans, but he has fought to improve his standing.

However, last season saw limited playing time with Steven Gerrard being deployed in a deeper role and it was widely reported that Lucas would look for a new club in the summer, especially when he appeared to send a farewell tweet to the fans.

Lucas later clarified that the tweet was intended as a farewell to the season and not to the club, but Liverpool have been linked with Porto holding midfielder Fernando, whose arrival would surely spell the end for Lucas at Anfield.

Inter may have taken that tweet and links to Fernando as encouragement to make another attempt to sign Lucas, having been rebuffed in 2010 when Rafa Benitez was keen to bring him to San Siro.

According to Sportmediaset, Inter are weighing up a bid, but the problem could lie with the player's salary, which is around £3m per year - a sum that the Nerazzurri can't match.

Lucas is said to be valued at just over £10.5m by Liverpool, but Inter may be able to reduce that through negotiation.

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