Report: Arsenal target Lucas Silva ‘set-to-sign’ Real Madrid contract

Reports in Spain have indicated that Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva is to be unveiled as a Real Madrid player next week.

As published by Marca is Spain, 21-year-old Brazilian Silva is to sign a six-and-a-half year contract with Los Blancos after Madrid and Cruzeiro could come to an agreement concerning the transfer of player rights.

The Brazilian youth international has been a key figure in the Cruzeiro side who won the 2013 and 2014 Brazilian Serie A championship, and he was also involved in the Selecao Under-20’s success at the 2014 Toulon Tournament.

His form at both club and international level has not just been rewarded with interest from Real Madrid, but talkSPORT have suggested that Premier League side Arsenal have been tracking the youngster for a long time. Arsene Wenger reportedly had targeted Silva as a long-term fix for the defensive midfield vulnerabilities in the Gunners ranks, but no move has yet come to fruition.

And now it appears as if Arsenal will have to look elsewhere this month for reinforcements, with the Marca story indicating that the deal has been completed between Real and Silva, with the president of the Brazilian club yielding to Real’s advances after a long transfer battle.

He has agreed a six-and-a-half year deal with the Bernabeu club, and the report suggests he will be unveiled in Madrid next week. After struggling to agree a fee with Cruzeiro - with an initial €10 million bid rejected in December, as per the same report - Silva himself urged his current club not to stand in the way of his transfer, and that looks to have been enough to secure his agreement with the La Liga giants.

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