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Napoli reportedly negotiating loan deal for Liverpool star – not Reina

Napoli are reportedly negotiating a deal to bring in Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Serie A side Napoli are intent on strengthening their midfield this summer as they bid to close the gap on Roma and Juventus next season.

Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons was said to be in lengthy negotiations with the club but a deal failed to materialise, resulting in the Naples outfit turning their attentions elsewhere.

According to Sky Sport Italia, boss Rafa Benitez is hoping to raid his former club Liverpool as he seeks a loan deal for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons and his contribution at Anfield could be lessened next season due to the signing of German midfielder Emre Can.

Rafa Benitez is known to be a big fan of the player and he could prove to be the ideal protection for the more attack-minded players Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens.

The report states that following the collapse of Gonalons' potential deal, Napoli are now negotiating a loan deal for Lucas and the Reds are willing to comply.

It is possible that the Italian outfit are looking at a similar deal which they had with Pepe Reina, a loan move with perhaps the intentions for something more permanent down the line.

Brendan Rodgers, however, must be confident that Can is up to the job as allowing Lucas to depart Liverpool could leave the club short on numbers during a taxing Champions League campaign.

Since joining the club in 2007, the midfielder has gone on to make 243 appearances in all competitions.

Had it not been for his long injury lay-off last season, Lucas may have participated at this summer’s World Cup as he was regularly called up to Brazil’s squad throughout 2013.

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