According to multiple reports, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva may be close to joining Inter for a loan spell come January.
The 27-year-old Brazilian has grown apparently grown frustrated with his present situation at Anfield, where he has only featured in six league games under Brendan Rodgers so far this season, and is looking for a club with which to play regular first-team soccer.
Sources at talkSPORT report that Leiva's representatives have made contact with the Italian club while in Milan, and that both parties are hopeful that a potential deal can be worked out before the beginning of the January transfer window.
While sources at TuttoSport seem to think that Inter is a likely landing spot for Leiva, the Brazilian has also been linked with rival club Napoli, who reportedly pursued Leiva during the summer, as well as a few South American clubs.
Considering that Mancini has clearly stated that he wants to use the transfer window to bring in a defender, an out-and-out winger, and a striker, some supporters may be puzzled by Inter's pursuit of Leiva, who is a DM and not particularly apt to adapt to any of the aforementioned positions.
While it can be argued that Leiva is a strong and experienced player, some may be left wondering why exactly Leiva is featuring so prominently in the Nerazzurri transfer landscape.