Sunday, 6th February 2011 

Reports from Italy suggest that Liverpool may have to brace themselves for a summer bid for Brazilian midfielder Lucas. Both Fiorentina and Napoli are confirmed admirers of the player and chatter from La Viola suggests they intend to match Napoli bid for bid if Liverpool make the midfielder available.

Lucas had a stormy start to life on Merseyside under former boss Rafael Benitez, but has quickly matured into a proven Premier League performer and his qualities are appreciated at international level too. Indeed, Lucas has been dubbed "the new Dunga" due to his style of play.

The 24-year-old was the subject of interest from Brazil in January and any indication that Liverpool would allow Lucas to leave would ensure a flurry of bids arrive. Fiorentina and Napoli would both be confident of getting their man, with each believing Lucas would suit Serie A, with Villarreal and Gremio are also keen.

The fact that the Liverpool midfielder also holds an Italian passport means he would not be counted as a non-EU player in the country, making him even more attractive to the Serie A pair though.


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