Liverpool ponder €20m 'El Pocho' swap deal as midfielder interest rises

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Napoli are being linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to reports in Italy.

The Brazilian international took time to settle at Anfield following his move from Gremio in 2007, but has become one of the top performers at Liverpool and has impressed with a string of fine performances this season.

Damien Comolli, director of football strategy for the Merseysiders, is a known admirer of 'El Pocho' and has reportedly been tracking the player's progress ahead of a potential summer move from Liverpool.

Calciomercato now claim that Napoli have taken a key interest in Lucas, and are keen to bring the player to Serie 'A' at the first opportunity. Whilst it's unconfirmed, the Italian giants could use €20 million-rated Lavezzi in their efforts to persuade the Reds over a move.

Such a swap deal would see Liverpool paying the Azzurri, although it would be at a much lower price were the Anfield outfit to sign the Argentine international in a standard transfer deal.


Kenny Dalglish is still thought to be in the market for a striker despite signing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez for over £55 million in January, with Liverpool owners NESV showing that they are willing to back the manager financially.

The Scot would be forced into a decision were Napoli to make a concrete offer for the player, but a swap deal could hold some potential given the interest of Liverpool in the Italian side's prized asset.

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