Lucas Leiva is a popular figure among the Liverpool fans. Though it was not always like that. The Brazilian, who was signed by then manager Rafael Benitez, struggled to make a big impact in his debut season and was even booed by home fans at Anfield.
However Rafa kept faith in him as he went to establish himself as one of the top midfielders at the club, with slowly earning the respect from the fans. But, unfortunately, he became a crude victim of injury. One after another. His performance dropped gradually and a general feeling grew among the supporters that a new defensive midfielder is required.
Liverpool are looking to spend big in the summer, with Brendan Rodgers keen to take the spending spree over £100m. He insisted that the money received from Luis Suarez’ sale will be reinvested in the side, while at the same time is looking to recoup some money from other potential sales as well.
Already the club has agreed a deal to sell Borini and are on the verge of securing a deal for Assaidi as well. Italian newspaper CDS now claim that Lucas could be on his way to Napoli, where he will be reunited with his former mentor Rafael Benitez.
Napoli are planning to sign a good midfielder and are targeting players like Christoph Kramer and Sandro. But, they feel Lucas is a more realistic target and a deal could be secured in a short time.