Italians move crosshairs away from Man United to Liverpool ace

Napoli are considering a move for Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva as their potential deal to nab Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United stalls, according to reports from The Express.

The Italian cup winners have been heavily linked with the Red Devils’ big money Belgian flop in recent days, but a £4m loan fee is seen as too steep.

Unless the figure is significantly reduced the Naples side will opt out, and they are already looking at alternatives.

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Lucas is seen as a potential option, with the Brazilian’s future at Liverpool in doubt.

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez snapped up the midfielder during his time in charge at Anfield and has always been a big fan of his abilities.

With Emre Can in and Steven Gerrard the Reds’ deep-lying central man nowadays, Lucas’ position looks to be on the bench, which may tempt him away.

The Serie side have been linked with the 27-year-old in the past, but they could face competition from Inter Milan.