Could Crystal Palace lift the gloom by landing Lucas Lima on a free?

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Brazil international Lucas Lima is about to leave Sao Paolo and Crystal Palace can offer him the chance of playing in Europe at last.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on September 19, 2017 in London,...

Crystal Palace are in desperate need of a pick-me-up in the January transfer window. With a week until December, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are yet to take flight, sitting bottom of the Premier League table with just five points and six goals to their name all season.

But what better way to lift the mood than by signing a Brazil international on a free transfer? Sao Paolo star Lucas Lima’s contract expires in just a matter of weeks and he could be the saviour to ride into Selhurst Park and give this put-upon fanbase something to cheer about at last.

Lucas Lima #10 of Santos celebrates his goal during the match between Santos and Corinthians as a part of Campeonato Brasileiro 2017 at Vila Belmiro Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santos,...

Lima’s agent Luccas Badia told Turkish newspaper Haberturk back in September that Palace had made a bid of around £13.5 million in the summer. And Palace’s subsequent struggles in the final third will surely only have made them more determined to land one of the best players in South American football right now.

The agent stated that Roma, Barcelona and Manchester United had also made enquiries while Inter Milan have been heavily linked in the past too. The 14-time Brazil international, however, no longer appears to be on the radar of the European elite – meaning he finds himself surprisingly short of options with just a month before he’s due to become a free agent.

Brazil's Santos Lucas Lima (R)runs with the ball pressured by Ecuador's Barcelona Pedro Velazco during their 2017 Copa Libertadores football match at Monumental stadium in Guayaquil,...

So if Lima does want to make the move to Europe at the relatively old age of 27, he may have to make a really tough decision about whether signing for the club at the bottom of the Premier League is worth the risk.

Though Lima does not create or score many goals, he is crucial to the way his Sao Paolo side plays and would add impressive vision, quality set-pieces and intelligent link play to a Palace attack that has lacked inspiration at times this season.

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