Inter Milan should press ahead with their attempt to sign Lucas Leiva from Liverpool when the transfer window reopens next month.
The Brazilian has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, and may opt for a move away from the Premier League in order to recapture the form that made him one of the best central defensive midfielders in the country.
And Inter, who are keen to bolster the squad with Roberto Mancini at the helm, could be the perfect place for him given the club’s own struggles of late and desire to return to the summit of Serie A as soon as possible.
Since leaving his homeland for Merseyside back in 2007, Lucas has become a cult hero at Liverpool and has gone on to feature for the club over 250 times to date.
He was an integral part of the side when Napoli manager Rafael Benitez occupied the managerial hotseat, and was also popular amongst Roy Hodgson and Kenny Daglish during their own fleeting spells at Anfield.
However injuries and inconsistencies under Brendan Rodgers have seen him become marginalised under the Northern Irishman, who may move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin if Lucas does depart for the sunny shores of Italy.
This term the Reds have struggled to adjust to life without Luis Suarez, and the 27-year-old could be one of a number of casualties if Rodgers decides to swing the axe in the New Year.
Inter raided the Premier League for Dani Osvaldo and Nemanja Vidic back in the summer, and could revisit England in order to conduct their transfer business once again.
Adnan Januzaj and Aaron Lennon have been linked with moves to the San Siro from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but the need for a midfielder of Lucas’ calibre is far greater.
Ever since Esteban Cambiasso was released into the welcoming arms of Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City they have lacked muscle in midfield, with the Argentine’s experience and tackling ability proving hard to replace.
Fredy Guarin is talented enough but may move to White Hart Lane to help broker any such deal for Lennon, which would increase the need to spend big in order to improve the squad ahead of the second half of the season.
Securing top targets is always difficult in January, but Liverpool’s current malaise means exits next month are practically a certainty.
Fabio Borini is wanted to help solve Fiorentina’s striker shortage, whilst Mario Balotelli could be in line for a stunning move to Napoli after a miserable first few months back in England.
Lucas is a top class midfielder when fit and firing, and could thrive under Mancini who managed to transform Yaya Toure into one of the best midfielders on the planet during his spell at Manchester City.