Lucas Leiva wanted by Rafael Benitez at Napoli

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Rafa Benitez is weighing up a bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas to bring the Brazilian to Napoli, according to the Daily Star.

Benitez signed Lucas for The Reds in 2007 for a fee of £5million, and, despite a rocky start to his career at Anfield, the Spaniard nurtured him into a regular in the starting XI.

Lucas' struggles

However, in recent seasons under Brendan Rogers Lucas has struggled to gain a regular place in Liverpool's starting line-up, due to midfielder's Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allan all being ahead in the pecking order, along with Steven Gerrard playing a deeper role in midfield.

New centre-midfield signings Adam Lallana and Emre Can, who plays a similar role to Lucas, will undoubtedly push the Brazilian international further down Rogers' team sheet. Benitez nonetheless, seems keen to bring in the South American to Naples, as he looks to strengthen his squad and try to improve from their third-place finish in Serie A last season.

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Napoli speculation

It is rumoured that the Napoli boss would like to take Lucas initially on a loan move, much like Pepe Reina last season, however Liverpool would prefer the deal to be on a permanent basis as they look to strengthen their squad.

It has been thought of for the past few weeks that Liverpool and not exactly pushing Lucas out of Anfield, yet if a reasonable offer comes in for the midfielder, it will be taken. It will not only be cash up front, but Lucas is on a fairly big salary at the club, and it would be a weight of their shoulders.

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