Real Madrid must show respect if they want Arsenal and Manchester United target Lucas Silva

Cruzeiro

The Brazilian is one of the most coveted men in world football.

Manchester United are believed to be just one of many teams interested in the talented Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva of Brazilian champions Cruzeiro.

In August his agent Luis Rocha confirmed that Manchester United were one of many teams to have expressed an interest in his client.

But United are not the only Premier League team to be linked with his signature. League rivals Arsenal are also said to be keen. Reports this month have seen Arsenal as the latest team to be looking into the signature of the player - who will cost €15 million, according to Cruzeiro's president.

But it is well known that Silva wants a move to Real Madrid. He has repeatedly made that clear in interviews both in Brazil and Spain. It has also become clear that Real Madrid are keen, seeing him as a potential replacement for Sami Khedira.

But Real are said to be adamant about not paying the €15 million asking price for a player that is not yet tried and tested on the continent.

Now the Cruzeiro director of football, Alexandre Mattos, has opened up about the approaches from Real, with good news for Arsenal and Manchester United. Because he does not sound pleased with the Spanish side:

"We had four meetings to discuss Lucas Silva. I spoke to Real Madrid ten-odd times. No agreement was reached. I spoke to José Ángel Sánchez [Real's CEO] and he was interested in a deal for June. If Florentino Pérez, whom I have nothing but respect for, is in no hurry to sign our player in the winter window, you won't see us trying to get rid of him.

"I called the president [Gilvan Tavares] when they again bid less than €15m and he told me that the club won't accept any less than that. Real Madrid are not going to sign Lucas Silva until they show Cruzeiro some respect. I thanked them for their interest, but they see themselves as the best in the world, whereas for me that's Cruzeiro."

It seems that proceedings between Real and Cruzeiro have not been going swimmingly. So Arsenal or United should certainly consider making a swoop.

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