Roma have emerged as Liverpool's strongest competition to land Brazilian star Lucas.
The talented playmaker, not to be confused with Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, is one of the most wanted teen stars on the planet.
Full name Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva, the 19-year-old was courted by Liverpool back in the summer as Damien Comolli searched across the globe for reinforcements.
Sao Paulo, however, were adamant Lucas would not leave in the summer and they have been true to their word.
But there is a growing feeling at the club that they will be unable to hold on to Lucas for much longer as he is keen to move to a major European league.
While Liverpool still admire the player, Roma are the latest to express an interest and sporting director Walter Sabatini is eager to schedule meetings with Sao Paulo ahead of the January transfer window.
Roma feel by scheduling meetings with the club and establishing a relationship would give them the edge over Liverpool.
Lucas, now a full Brazil international, has not expressed a preference for a specific club but Roma are confident they can persuade him to move to Serie A instead of Anfield.