Arsenal are considering a move for Brazilian starlet Lucas Silva who has been valued at £12 million by his club Cruzeiro, reports The Sun.
Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new defensive midfielder to reinforce his squad in January after Gunners officials told him he will be allowed to spend more than the original budget of £20 million.
Poor form in the Premier League coupled with an ever-increasing list of injuries has forced Wenger to push forward with his plans to sign a midfielder halfway through the season as opposed to the summer.
It is reported that the Arsenal boss now wants to sign as many as two defenders and a defensive midfielder in January. Silva has now emerged as a potential signing.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a host of Europe's top clubs in recent weeks, including, but not limited to Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea.
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Carlo Ancelotti's men have been considered favourites for some time with Silva being earmarked as a long-term successor to Sami Khedira. The German midfielder is tipped to leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires in the summer or even the upcoming winter transfer window.
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But Louis van Gaal has been continually linked with a move as Manchester United continue to strengthen via the transfer market. Reports last week claimed that the Red Devils had already contacted Silva's agent with regards to a move to Old Trafford.
Luiz Rocha was quoted in Metro as saying: "I confirm I was contacted by people linked to Manchester United. There are no official bids. We are waiting."
Chelsea were also expected to be challengers for his signature as Jose Mourinho continues to grow a Brazilian dynasty at Stamford Bridge. Willian, Oscar and Filipe Luis all currently play for the Blues and Silva would no doubt be tempted to join them in west London if given the choice.
However, Real Madrid are the outright favourites to land the Brazilian star. The chance to play for Los Blancos is still considered a dream for many South American youngsters, who have grown up seeing the likes of Ronaldo flourish in La Liga.