Roma have emerged as Liverpool's strongest competition to land Brazilian starlet Lucas according to talkSPORT.
The 19-year-old playmaker has emerged as one of the most in-demand players on the planet, meaning Sao Paulo face a serious fight to keep hold of the talented youngster.
Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva - as he is known fully - was scouted by Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli in the summer, as the Reds chief scoured the globe to bring the brightest up-and-coming talent to Anfield.
Unable to negotiate a deal that suited all parties, Lucas remained in Brazil, but with ambitions of playing in a major European league, it is uncertain how long Sao Paulo will be able to keep hold of him.
While Liverpool still admire the player, Roma are the latest side to express an interest in securing his services, and sporting director Walter Sabatini is eager to schedule meetings with Lucas' club ahead of the January transfer window.
The Serie A side believe that by scheduling meetings with Sao Paulo and establishing a relationship would give them the edge over Liverpool when it comes to reaching an agreement.
Lucas himself has not revealed a preference of a move to Italy or England, but Roma chiefs remain confident they will be able to convince the player to join them over a switch to Merseyside with Kenny Dalglish.