There appears to have been a change of plans at Inter Milan, and if Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed on Tuesday, Lucas Leiva’s transfer from Liverpool to the Serie A club could be at risk.

Stefano Pioli appeared to be very keen to bring the 29-year-old to the San Siro over January, but the new Chinese owners seem to have other plans in mind, which exclude the arrival of a Brazilian citizen in their team.

The newspaper report that the Suning group have decided that they want as many Italian players in their side as possible, and their ideal signature in that central/defensive midfield role is now Atalanta’s Robert Gagliardini.

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Inter Milan are said to have agreed an ‘informal yes’ with Atalanta regarding the 22-year-old midfielder, who should arrive in January on a €2m loan with a view to buy clause standing at €23m + €3m in bonuses.

Gazzetta say that a deal for Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva on a loan without a view to buy had already been agreed, ‘but his identity card (passport) clashed with the Chinese society’s development intentions’, which are to have a strong Italian core at the club.

TuttoMercatoWeb were yesterday reporting that ‘all that was needed was the signature’ for Jürgen Klopp to wave goodbye to Lucas Leiva, but if Gazzetta are right, he’ll never even have the chance to pick up that pen.