Carlo Ancelotti confirms Real Madrid are no longer chasing Manchester United and Arsenal target Lucas Silva

Cruzeiro

The young Brazilian Lucas Silva is not a target for Real Madrid this winter.

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

But United are not the only Premier League team to be linked with his signature. League rivals Arsenal are also said to be keen on the player who has been publicly valued at around €15 million by his club.

Cruzeiro president Gil Tavares told the press at the start of December:

"There's no definitive offer yet – we're waiting to receive a formal offer. But we have already set a price for the player based on his market value. Cruzeiro is not willing to negotiate for any figure lower than €15m."

However Real Madrid also like the look of Silva. Unfortunately for Arsenal and United Silva has also made it clear that Real would be his ideal location.

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. That saw Cruzeiro accuse Real of a lack of respect last month and negotiations between the two sides appears to have come to a cross-roads.

Arsenal and Manchester United will therefore have a clear run at the player, should they decide to try and sign the player in January.

In fact, Real Madrid have now made it even easier. Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Real Madrid will not be trying to sign the player this month. Sky Sports quote Ancelotti as saying that, with Sami Khedira fully fit and Luka Modric approaching a return to action, that Silva is no longer needed at the moment:

"[Sami] Khedira is now fine. [Luka] Modric recovery is going well. So we don't need anyone now."

But with Khedira's contract expiring in the summer and Silva seemingly set on a Madrid switch, it is a deal that could be on the cards in the summer.

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