Arsene Wenger looks like he has landed the first January signing for the club, with several reports emerging that Cruzeiro has accepted a substantial bid from Arsenal for their highly-demanded midfielder, Lucas Silva.
Silva has been the subject of interest from many elite clubs in Europe after a hugely successive season in the just concluded Serie A season in Brasil, helping Cruzeiro to claiming the Championship. Real Madrid have been mentioned as the player’s most likely destination in some media outlets, but it is understood that Arsenal have tabled a higher offer for him, which the club feel is sufficient.
Spanish trusted source, Marca, have reported that Arsenal’s offer of £11.8m is over a couple of millions higher than that offered by the Bernabeu club, and with the Brasilian League for the season now concluded, Lucas is looking for a move to take the next step in his career, and it now appears that a move in January to the Emirates is very much on the cards.
Wenger’s long scouting antenna means there’ll hardly be a player available with noticeable talent to escape his talent, and certainly not Lucas Silva. It had been reported a few weeks ago that the player had been followed by many clubs, but it was Arsenal who had moved quickly to establish first contact with Cruzeiro.
Arsenal’s crisis of personnel has left us stripped to the bones, with midfield being the area most hit at the moment. Without Arteta, Wilshere, Ozil, Diaby and more recently, Ramsey, the onus lies on Wenger to move swiftly to plug the gaps in the team which may threaten any real chance we have on making significant achievements this season.
Lucas is highly rated for his strong composed abilities as a midfielder. In comparison to the past brasilians we’ve had in the middle of the park, he can be said to be made of more of Gilberto Silva than of Denilson. A technically gifted player, he has the capacity to sit as a holding midfielder, regardless of his age, as he has the frame to hold his own against advancing opponents. Such is his energy, that he can also make play from the center with an excellence in distributing the ball.
It is seems reasonable that Wenger chooses to bring in a midfielder in the coming window, as the injuries, especially to Arteta, looks likely to continue till the end of the season. Twice has the captain been sidelined for the same concerns in his calf this season, and with the FA Cup, Champions League and a League title (fourth place) still to be pushed for, we must be able to know we can rely on the squad we have to go the distance without interruption.
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