Liverpool midfielder Lucas interested in Inter switch

Lucas Leiva is open to leaving Liverpool for Serie A side Inter in the January transfer window, ESPN has reported, despite manager Brendan Rodgers insisting the midfielder wouldn’t be on his way out of Anfield.

The Brazilian is however said to be discontented with life on Merseyside, feeling unappreciated by the Reds boss, even though he has been a regular fixture in Rodgers’ team through a recent upturn in results. Lucas had previously been dropped and it’s thought that his exclusion from the starting XI is the source of his unrest.

Rodgers would have been willing to sanction Lucas’ exit between the end of last season and the start of the current campaign, it’s believed, but won’t countenance a move in the middle of the term. Rodgers is particularly keen to retain Lucas’ experience, with the 28-year-old having played more than 250 games for Liverpool since a 2007 move from Gremio.

Lucas would be interested in linking up with Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager recently installed on the bench at San Siro, while Napoli, coached by ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, have also been mentioned as suitors for his signature.

A Brazil international with 24 caps since his debut in 2007, Lucas was named Liverpool’s player of the year for the 2010-11 season and has scored half-a-dozen times in Liverpool colours.

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