Report: Lucas Leiva heading to Napoli

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is nearing closer to a move to Napoli, according to reports on Sunday.

NEW YORK, USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva scores a penalty against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 27-year-old Brazilian is largely out of favour at Anfield following captain Steven Gerrard‘s change to a deep-lying-playmaker at the turn of the year and a reunion with former boss Rafa Benitez has long been linked.

The Independent on Sunday report that while obstacles remain before the move can be completed, “Lucas is keen to move on from Anfield”.

Those obstacles are believed to be regarding the player’s wages, with earlier reports claiming that Napoli were interested in taking the player on loan, but not paying all his wages.

The former Gremio midfielder posted an image depicting light at the end of a tunnel on his instagram account on Saturday, perhaps a sign of his future.

Lucas joined Liverpool for £5m in 2007 and has made 243 appearances for the club. Unfortunately two serious injuries have hampered him in the last three years, turning him from first-choice holding midfielder to peripheral squad member.

His limited appearances in the second half of last season often saw him played in a more advanced role, where he struggled to find form.

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