Liverpool star wants Reds to sign Neymar

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva said he would love to see the arrival Neymar at Anfield, but admits the Reds will struggle to beat the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United to his signature.

Neymar has frequently been linked with a move away from Santos, with Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United all reported to be pursuing the Brazilian, and Barca appear to be the most likely to pip Liverpool's Premier League rivals in the race to sign him.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona already have a deal in place for the 20-year-old, and Santos would have to pay the Nou Camp club compensation should they sell Neymar to the likes of Chelsea or United.

Lucas, meanwhile, yearns for Liverpool to join the list of potential destinations for Neymar, although realises a move for his compatriot would be unlikely.

The Reds midfielder was answering questions from Liverpool fans at Melwood, and also outlined Paris Saint-German defender as a Brazilian he would welcome at Anfield.

"I would sign two [Brazilian players] - Neymar and Thiago Silva. For me, Thiago Silva is the best centre-back in the world," Lucas told The Redmen.

"Neymar is, you know, already proving himself in Brazil but I'm sure he'll be coming to Europe very soon. But I don't think they will be very cheap."

Neymar's arrival in European football appears to be a forgone conclusion, with Barcelona his apparent destination, although Chelsea and Manchester United have been credited with strong interest in the forward.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has pleaded with Neymar to move to Stamford Bridge, while Sir Alex Ferguson was linked with a deadline day move to bring him to Old Trafford.

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