Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is moving closer to a reunion with former boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli, according to the Independent.

Napoli had previously been linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder Maraoune Fellaini, but the Belgian’s £100,000 a week wages make Lucas the more likely option.

The Brazilian has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield, following the summer arrivals of Adam Lallana and Emre Can.

Lucas has started just five matches over the calender year, and is keen to link up with the man who signed him from Gremio back in 2007.

The 27-year-old is eager to move in order to get his international career back on track, having missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Steven Gerrard’s transition into the defensive midfield position has seen Lucas made surplus to requirements, despite the fact he is one of the few midfielders in Liverpool’s squad that offers Champions League experience.