Arsenal and Manchester United look set to miss out as one of their top January transfer targets Lucas Silva reveals he wants to play in La Liga…
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva has been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League, but the Cruzeiro star has his heart set on a dream move to Real Madrid, according to the Express.
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The 21-year-old originally looked set to join Real Madrid in January, with reports even suggesting a deal may already have been done.
The La Liga giants then announced that they would not be bringing anyone to the club this winter, suggesting that Silva would have to wait until next summer if he wanted his dream move.
Doors were then seemingly opened for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, with the Premier League trio hopeful of bringing the tough tackling midfielder to England.
Silva has now spoken to the press however, revealing that he is happy to bide his time if it means joining Carlo Ancelotti’s side next season.
“To have people say a club like Real Madrid want you is a great honour and achievement,” he said.
“Of course it would be a dream to play for Real Madrid, I make no secret of that. It would be an honour for me to join that team, but in order for that to happen both clubs have to come to an agreement. All I can do is wait.”
“If I were to go now, I’m ready for that. If I were to stay here at Cruzeiro until June and then go there, that would also be a good solution as I would be able to play in the Copa Libertadores with my club, which is a big challenge. I’m ready for every eventuality.”
Arsenal in particular are in dire need of a defensive midfielder, so this news will come as a huge blow to Arsene Wenger. Silva has been touted as a long term replacement for Real Madrid’s however, which could leave the door open for the German World Cup winner to make the switch to North London.