Date:13th January 2015 at 6:19pm
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Brendan Rodgers will allow Lucas Leiva to move to Italy this month if he is successful in his pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, according to the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 12 matches Lucas has started, with the Brazilian proving to be one of the key factors behind the Reds recent turnaround.

But reports have consistently linked the 28-year-old with a move to Italy, with former boss Rafael Benitez keen to bring him to Napoli, whilst newly appointed Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has also expressed an interest.

Delph – who has broken into Roy Hodgson’s England squad this season – is out of contract at Villa Park at the end of the season, and has shown no interest in signing a new deal.

Liverpool hope they can lure him to Anfield for £7.5million this month, which would leave the door open for Lucas to make his switch to Italy.

Benitez is eager to sign the player he brought to England in 2007 on an initial loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season.

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