Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he could well make a move for Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva following an injury to James Rodriguez - which spells serious trouble for Manchester United.
The talented youngster has been the subject of some serious interest in recent weeks, with a whole host of European giants being credited with an interest in the 21-year-old.
That includes the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but latterly it has been Real Madrid who have been making all the moves. Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his interest in landing Silva - just days after insisting tat he wouldn't be looking to complete any transfers during the winter window.
"I'm happy with the squad that I have," he said last week. However the former Chelsea boss conceded that the move could be prompted to injuries to Luka Modric and Sami Khedira - although the latter may be on his way out of the club n January anyway so a space could become available regardless.
"We’ll have to wait for the Christmas period when everything will be clearer in terms of the recovery periods for Modric and Khedira,” he said. “After that, during that period, we will take a decision,” It’s true that we are interested in Lucas Silva but he’s not the only player.
“If we need to, after the Club World Cup, we’ll take the decision depending on an evaluation of our midfielders who are injured at the moment.”
Another issue for the Spanish outfit is the injury suffered by James Rodriguez during Madrid's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo. It is unclear how long theColombian will be out for but the club have confirmed that he suffered a grade one muscle injury in his right calf, which points to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
If Silva, who has been likened to Yaya Toure, is the man to fill a hole for Real Madrid it may force Manchester United and Arsenal to look elsewhere. The Red Devils in particular could do with some steel added to their midfield which Silva could certainly offer.
Cruzeiro are believed to be holding out for around £15 million, however the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal are said to only be willing to offer £12 million.