Report: Lucas Leiva to join Napoli on loan

A report claims that Napoli are close to signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on loan.

Napoli are reportedly close to signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on loan.

The 27-year-old moved to Anfield from Gremio in 2007, but the bulk of his career in the Premier League has been harmed by a succession of injuries.

According to Goal.com, Napoli have emerged as the favourites to sign the Brazilian, but the midfielder will move on loan, rather than on a permanent contract.

Liverpool's signing of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen is expected to directly impact Lucas's chances of a regular role in Brendan Rodgers's first XI next season.

Lucas of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 26, 2013
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