Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro, and will instead focus their efforts on trying to land Kristoph Kramer from Borussia Monchengladbach, according to reports in Spain.
That news is likely to be well received at Manchester United and Arsenal, both of whom have ben linked with the Brazilian youngster.
Silva has been earning rave reviews in his home country, and has been compared to Yaya Toure already. Cruzeiro are reportedly holding out for around £15 million but £12 million may be enough to get the deal done.
It looks like being a two horse race now between both Arsenal and Manchester United now, with Madrid looking at Kramer according to Cadena Cope. The German international, who featured in the World Cup final for his country although he was taken off with concussion early one, has also been linked with Premier League clubs in the past.
Indeed Arsenal have been credited with an interest in the defensive midfielder, as have Liverpool, but they will likely let Real Madrid have a clean run at him if it means they have a chance of landing Silva.
Of course they won't have it all their own way with Manchester United also in the mix. They look short of some steel in midfield, an issue they tried to resolve with a move for Artuto Vidal over the summer which didn't come off.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is also a big fan of Kevin Strootman, although Silva would represent a significantly cheaper option.
Madrid's change of heart is all the more surprising given manager Carlo Ancelotti's admission that he is taking a look at Silva ahead of the January window. 'We have an interest in signing Lucas Silva but he is not the only one we are scouting,' the Italian said on Monday.
The need for Madrid to make some additions in January has arisen because of injuries to both Luka Modric and Sami Khedira - and Kramer could be the perfect man for the job.
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