Lucas open to leaving Liverpool for Napoli – agent
The player’s representative has admitted that the Brazil international is unhappy with his lack of game time at Anfield and would like to be reunited with Rafael Benitez
Lucas Leiva’s agent has revealed that the midfielder could leave Liverpool during the January transfer window and that a move to Napoli would appeal to his client.
The Brazil international has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield this season, with the 27-year-old having been afforded just two Premier League starts by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
Consequently, Lucas’ representative, Henrique Coelho, has admitted that the former Gremio man could be tempted to move elsewhere in search of regular first-team football.
“Is it possible that Lucas could leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally,” the agent admitted in an interview with Calciomercato.com.
When asked if his client would, therefore, be interested in being reunited with Rafael Benitez at Napoli, Coelho replied: “Lucas likes him a lot.
“After all, the two know each other well from when the Spaniard was coaching Liverpool.”
Benitez signed Lucas from Gremio in the summer of 2007 for a reported €6 million and, after a lengthy adaptation period at Anfield, the midfield enforcer went on to establish himself as a regular in the Reds’ starting line-up.
The South American was heavily linked with a move to the San Paolo last summer but Napoli’s failure to qualify for the Champions League group stages – and the resulting loss of revenue – reportedly played a part in the Partenopei’s inability to push through a deal.