Agent for Arsenal and Manchester United-linked Lucas Silva cools bid talk

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Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has been the subject of on-going transfer speculation in recent months, but the Brazilian's agent stresses that no bids made for his client at this point.

The agent for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva has denied reports that firm offers have been made for his client, but admits that interest from “big clubs” has left them flattered.

Silva, 21 has been earning rave reviews in Brazil since breaking into the Cruzeiro first-team in 2012, helping the club win the league title in the past two seasons with his robust presence in the heart of the line-up.

Labelled the best passing midfielder that Brazilian football has produced in some time, the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan are all reported to be courting his signature, with the former pair said to be preparing offers of around £12 million.

Agent Luiz Rocha also revealed last week that he had been in contact with United and Inter and, though he has since moved to stress that no official bids have been tabled at this point, inquiries have been plentiful.

"It's always a pleasure to the interest of the big clubs, it means that the boy has worked well,” he was quoted in a statement on fcinternews.it.

“Lucas has won the last two Brasileirão with Cruzeiro and is a very important piece for the team. At the moment, they are only rumours; we have not had any official offer.

“It’s true what [Cruzeiro] sporting director Alexandre Mattos said, there have been many enquiries but for now, nothing official.”

With Real’s interest in Silva well-documented over the past two weeks, it has been suggested that the former Under-20 international’s potential move to the Spanish capital this winter could deem long-time Arsenal target Sami Khedira expendable.

However, whether Arsene Wenger would prefer the promising Brazilian over the German World Cup-winner remains to be seen at this point.

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