Cruzeiro confirm Manchester United target Lucas Silva will cost at least €15m

The Brazilian talent is also being tracked by Real Madrid.

Manchester United are believed to be interested in the talented Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva, who is currently shining for Brazilian side Cruzeiro in their pursuit of silverware in his homeland.

Back in August his agent Luis Rocha confirmed the news, suggesting that Manchester United and Inter Milan had made approaches to sign his client in the summer. No deal ever came about and Silva is still shining in Brazil.

But since then a new rival emerged on the block in regards to his potential signature in the form of Real Madrid.

It is being reported in the Spanish press that Silva is being looked at by Real as a potential replacement for Sami Khedira.

The player himself recently announced a desire to play for Los Merengues and now it is reported that Real Madrid have first contact over a January deal for the player.

Last week it was reported by Diario AS that Real had been in touch with Cruzeiro about the player and want to sign him regardless of Sami Khedira's future - such is his talent. They also reported the fee that Cruzeiro have asked for the player.

They claimed that Cruzeiro informed Real that it will take a fee of €15 million to lure them into a sale. Now Cruzeiro have officially confirmed this asking price.

In quotes attributed to Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares he confirmed that Silva will not be going anywhere for less.

He said:

“There is no definitive proposal. We are waiting on an official offer and we’ve already established his market value. For anything less than 15 million euros, we won’t begin to talk.”

Now the asking price is clear Manchester United would do well to swoop in before Real Madrid poach him away.

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