The father of Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva says his son should leave next summer, not in January.

Even after splashing out around £60m on new signings this summer, Arsenal fans still felt that Arsene Wenger hadn’t addressed the biggest problem in the Gunners side – defensive midfield.

Experienced duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have offered little in front of the back four, and fans were left disappointed when Arsenal couldn’t land a new defensive midfielder such as William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon.

With Arteta injured, it seems that Arsenal may look to bring in another option in January, with Cristian Ledesma of Lazio and Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Yet Cruzeiro’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva has recently been touted as a target for the North London side, with a €15m price tag on the 21-year-old’s head.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Silva, but his father Miguel Viera has told Brazilian press that he wants his son to stay with Cruzeiro for now, before moving on in the summer.

“The aim of Lucas, and therefore the family, is that he leaves in half a year’s time, in the month of June,” he said. “Negotiations are closed for now, but he can go in half a year. The most important thing for Lucas is that he completes pre-season with the rest of his team and represents Cruzeiro in the Copa Libertadores.”

Real are reportedly leading the race for Silva’s signature, and Viera also added that he and the rest of the family will move to Madrid if the deal does go through.

“Once everything is agreed, we’ll move to Spain to support and accompany him during his period of adaptation to the team and city,” added Viera.

That leaves Wenger with two options; to look for an alternative option to Silva, or try to wait until the summer to sign him – by which time, Real Madrid could have closed the deal if recent reports are to be believed.

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