The Brazil international has emerged as an alternative for Roma in the event they cannot reach an agreement with Matteo Ferrari over a new deal.

Roma have been tracking Lucio since his days at Bayer Leverkusen and Giallorossi chiefs are aware he wants to leave the Bundesliga. The defender is contracted to Bayern until 2009 and Roma are convinced they can land him with a £4 million bid.

Roma, meanwhile, will also send fullback Vitorio Antunes away on-loan in January.