As per a report in Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva is likely to leave the club on loan this season after being frozen out of the first-team squad.
Spanish rules state only a maximum of three non-EU players can be included in the club’s first-team squad next season, leaving the club in a pickle over who to choose.
James Rodriguez and new signing Danilo are the obvious two candidates, while the remaining spot will now head to defensive midfielder Casemiro following his return from Porto.
So where does that leave Lucas Silva? He arrived in the Spanish capital in January for a €14 million deal, and playing in the club’s B team next season is not an ideal option for his development.
A loan move away from the club at a top team is the logical step, and one particular team in the Premier League could certainly benefit from the extra competition in the defensive midfield positions.
Following their FA Cup success and fine 2015 form, Arsene Wenger’s men are ready for a legitimate Premier League title assault but they still need to strengthen a few areas this summer.
Coquelin, a former Charlton Athletic loan star, has proven his ability to mix it with the very best but he needs competition, and above all a decent replacement for any potential injury or suspension.
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi are names which have cropped up on a number of occasions, as per the Metro, but could Lucas Silva provide a much cheaper option?
The Brazil Under-21 international made eight appearances for Madrid last season, posting an impressive 90.5% pass completion rate per La Liga outing.
While he may not be the finished article just yet, Silva has the capabilities to perform at a very high level and on a loan he could prove a much more viable option than the expensive Morgan Schneiderlin.