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Napoli keen on signing Lucas Leiva from Liverpool

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Lucas Leiva could be set to leave Liverpool after seven seasons at the club, as Rafael Benitez has shown an interest in signing the Brazilian that he brought to Anfield in 2007 according to the Independent.

It is thought that Benitez is very keen on the midfielder, having him near the top of his priority list at Napoli. 

Replaced?

With Brendan Rogers playing two sitting midfielders, it is obvious that only one space is available as Steven Gerrard is the first name on the team sheet. Lucas would then be in a battle with Jordan Henderson and new signing Emre Can for a place, with Henderson starting all but three Premier League games last season.

The signing suggests that Rogers wasn't happy with his options, as he looked to buy in extra midfielders. This hints that the Brazilian could be dispensable and not in the Northern Irishman's plans for next season. 

Playing in 20 of the 38 Premier League games this season, his roll would be more secure under Benitez, who is a long time admirer of Lucas and would be a crucial player in his squad.

Otherwise, it is likely pre-season would be crucial for him to attempt to re-establish a place in the side. 

Lucas' Value

Having signed for an original £5 million from Gremio and Can signing for £10 million, it is likely that Lucas' value is somewhere between the two values. 

His value is unlikely to have decreased, meaning that a fee between £6 and 7 million should be enough to lure the Brazilian away, especially as he is on the periphery of the squad. 

They could also be raided once more by their former boss, as Napoli are keen to lure Daniel Agger away from Anfield, whilst a move for Pepe Reina is definitely off the cards for Benitez. 

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