Lucas Silva to be loaned out again by Real: Three clubs who should consider an offer

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The Brazilian defensive midfielder will be on the move again this summer, and he could be an ideal fit for West Ham United, Stoke City or Everton.

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Marca are reporting that Lucas Silva has been told he will need be shipped out on loan again next season.

The Brazilian holding midfielder spent last season on loan in the south of France for Marseille, however he endured a difficult spell at the Stade Velodrome.

He made 22 appearances for the French side, but asked to have his loan terminated in January in order to join Belgian side Anderlecht instead.

The request was met with derision from the Marseille hierarchy, and he was dropped from the squad and excluded from Marseille’s Europa League squad list.

But the news that young midfielder may well be on the market again this summer, albeit temporarily, will certainly be met with enthusiasm from many quarters, and West Ham, Everton and Stoke City should consider bringing the Brazilian on board.

Indeed, his difficult time at Marseille belies the quality that first attracted him to Madrid back in January of 2015 for a fee thought to be in the region of £9.7 million.

 

Lucas Silva

The calibre of the player is reiterated by the fact that Zidane will refuse to include a buy-out clause in any loan agreement – indicating how highly thought of he is at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was in Brazil that Lucas Silva established himself as one of the country’s leading midfield prospects; becoming an integral part of Cruzeiro’s title winning sides, imposing his height and strength as well as his excellent ability to read the game on the Brazilain domestic top flight.

These qualities made him an ideal defensive midfielder, but what set him apart was his range of passing, which was met with great excitement from the Brazilian supporters, and helped him to catch the attention of Real Madrid.

Silva won back to back Brazilian Serie A titles with Cruzeiro after he had established himself as an important first team player, featuring consistently before moving to Spain.

Lucas Silva

The Brazilian was signed as a long term replacement for Sami Khedira, but with the likes of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric ahead of him in the pecking order, he has found first team opportunities hard to come by.

And a loan deal looks like the best option for the exciting midfield prospect, and he would be an excellent addition for a number of Premier League sides.

Stoke City are thought to be in the market to bolster their midfield as they look to build upon their 9th place finish and chase a European spot, and with Gianelli Imbula already showing signs of being a top class midfield general, having the central midfield support from someone like Silva could help the Frenchman to shine next season.

Ronald Koeman should also consider bringing the Brazilian to Goodison Park next term as he looks to strengthen and maintain an Everton squad likely to fracture after a disappointing campaign under Roberto Martinez.

With Cleverly and Gibson playing only bit-part roles this season, and Gareth Barry is also not getting any younger, Silva could be an excellent short term addition to aid the transition process for Koeman, as he seeks to build a side in his own image.

Alternatively, West Ham United should also consider taking on the Brazilian on a temporary basis.

With the Hammers set to return to European football again next season, ensuring they have a squad large enough and capable enough of competing on multiple fronts may prove to be essential should they hope to repeat the stunning successes of the past season.

West Ham fans celebrate after the matchWould West Ham be an ideal destination for Silva?

Certainly, with Silva of the ilk of Alex Song albeit with a greater tenacity to win the ball back in the centre of the park, the former Cruzeiro man may suit the Hammers in more ways than one – especially with forwards like Andy Carroll to target with his longer range of passing.

Whether Lucas Silva ends up in the Premier League remains to be seen, however, there can be little doubting that there will be plenty of suitors lining up to take on the Real Madrid man on a short term basis.

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