Rafa Benitez Plots Move to Make Liverpool Midfielder His First Napoli Signing

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Rafa Benitez will raid his former club Liverpool for Lucas Leiva if he is to be appointed as the next manager of Italian side Napoli, according to talkSPORT.

The 53-year-old will be released of his obligations as Chelsea manager next week and has been tipped as the favourite to take over from Walter Mazzarri at the San Paolo after he announced that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

And should he get the job he will make a move for the Brazilian midfielder who he brought to Liverpool from Gremio in 2007.

Lucas was a figure of criticism and ridicule when he first arrived at the club and Benitez was staunch in his defence of the player and since settling he has become one of the finest midfield anchormen in the Premier League.

“People just don’t know how good Lucas is,” Benitez said in December 2008.

The 26-year-old missed the bulk of the 2011-12 season through injury but has reestablished himself as a firm favourite under Brendan Rodgers last term. He signed a new long term deal with the Anfield club last month but that is not thought to be a problem for Benitez who has identified him as his top target if he takes over the reins of the Serie A side.

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