Anfield side keen on Sao Paulo midfielder.
Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli has earmarked a move to sign Sao Paulo playmaker Lucas Moura as he looks to bring in further young talent to add to the Anfield squad.
The 19 year old Brazilian has been dubbed the ‘Next Kaka’ due to his ability to strongly influence a game by linking midfield and attack and the teenager is already a fixture in the national team set up and being tracked by a number of Europe’s elite and the Merseyside club will hope to beat other prospective suitors to the punch by making an offer in January and then loaned back until next summer.
Liverpool’s new owners have a policy of funding moves for players who are either youthful talents or with a good sell on value, Lucas is already an established talent and therefore arguably ticks both those boxes. Sao Paulo are thought to be looking to raise at least £20m from the sale and given that the Premier League side’s American led board has pumped in over £100m on new players in 2011 it would appear that they would be willing to meet just such a valuation.
Dalglish and Comolli have brought in Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates, Doni, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam to help add more strength in depth and the pair will hope that they can force the club back into the Premier League top four after two relatively lean years.
The success of such a bid may be helped by the fact that Liverpool is home to three fellow Brazilians, the aforementioned Doni, Fabio Aurelio and Lucas Leiva.
Lucas Moura has notched up 15 goals and 10 assists in his first two seasons as a regular in the Sao Paulo starting eleven and has already collected ten Brazilian national team caps, including a goal against arch rivals Argentina.