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Liverpool interest confirmed in Chelsea's Samba starlet target

Lucas attracting Premier League interest. (©GettyImages)
Lucas attracting Premier League interest. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea, Liverpool and Inter Milan are leading the chase for Sao Paulo starlet Lucas, according to the teenage midfielder's agent.

The 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in South America, and the fact that he is learning English, suggests a move to the Barclays Premier League could be just around the corner.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is a known admirer of the talented youngster, and is believed to be preparing a bid to bring him to Anfield when the transfer window reopens in January.

The growing South American contingent at Liverpool is something that could play into the hands of Dalglish, as he looks to gain an advantage over fellow suitors Chelsea.

With pressure remaining on Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, the Portuguese tactician is looking to make further additions himself at the turn of the year, as he looks to kick-start the Stamford Bridge outfit's title tilt this year.

"Chelsea, Inter Milan and Liverpool have demanded details from me and Sao Paulo knows the situation," confirmed Lucas' representative, Wagner Ribeiro. "At the moment they are not interested.

"Perhaps in the summer they may negotiate but only an enormous offer could change things as I want continuity for the player for a couple of years."

Lucas himself reiterated Ribeiro's comments, insisting he has no intention of pushing for a transfer away from his homeland.

"Three days a week I study for one hour with a teacher," he said. "I'm prepared to move to Europe and it is always [important] to get on top of the language.

"[But] I haven't decided what I'm doing. For now I'm concentrating on Sao Paulo."

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