Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is interested in a move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to the player's agent.
Speculation has been high linking the Brazilian with a move away from Anfield in the New Year, and when asked about his interest in the Red midfielder, Benitez admitted that a move is possible.
Lucas has struggled for first-team football this season under Brendan Rodgers, with Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard the favoured midfield duo. However, even when the two Englishman miss out, Lucas still has competition from Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho, who are also both considered options in the centre of midfield.
The 27-year-old midfielder has a settled lifestyle in Merseyside and is liking his England life, however, he has recently admitted that the lack of football is a real concern for him and if a move is the only way to secure regular action, he will seriously consider it.
Lucas's career has been hampered at Anfield by a plague of serious injuries, but despite the setbacks Rodgers has kept the Brazilian as he does consider him a solid option in the centre of the park.
However, the development of Henderson has stalled the player's opportunities in the first-team. Benitez worked with Lucas during their time together at Liverpool, and when asked about the speculation, the Spaniard admitted interest is there and a transfer is possible.
As well as Benitez confirming interest, Lucas's agent has also revealed that there is a desire from the Serie A side. The player’s agent Henrique Coelho said: “Is it possible for Lucas Leiva to leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally.
“Lucas really likes Benitez. After all, the two know each other well.”
"Lucas really likes Benitez. After all, the two know each other well"
Lucas has been at Liverpool since 2007 after securing a move from Brazilian side, Gremio.