I want Real Madrid to sign Lucas Silva, not Arsenal by KJ
There has been reports in Marca today that Arsenal have agreed a £12million fee with Cruizero for the transfer of defensive midfielder Lucas Silva. However, there is also reported interest from Real Madrid and it seems it will be very difficult to persuade the Brazilian to join Arsenal with the biggest team in the world wanting his signature. But I personally don’t mind and I actually want Madrid to get Silva. Why? Two words… Asier Illarramendi.
The relatively young Spaniard has struggled for game time at Madrid ever since his £30million move last summer. This was largely due to the brilliance of Modric and the aging Alonso. This summer sort of sealed his fate at Madrid when they went and bought Kroos after a brilliant world cup. Although the German is a great player, it is clear he was brought in mainly because he was a world cup star (as was James Rodriquez). Signing star players is a massive deal amongst Spain’s two biggest teams and they must one up each other, even if that means throwing current players under the bus.
Illarramendi was actually linked to Arsenal last summer but we were priced out when Madrid got involved. If they do indeed get Lucas Silva, he would definitely be up for sale and for only around £15m-£20million by my reckoning. It would be a great deal for a midfielder that would provide something very similar to Arteta. He’s able to control the game extremely well from deep but is also very competent with long balls forward. He was supposed to be the successor to Alonso at Madrid.
I personally don’t believe we need a big strong defensive midfielder. We just need to get a central midfielder similar to Arteta but who has the legs and isn’t as injury prone. I believe the Spaniard fits that bill and it is very possible that he’ll be available in January if Madrid do indeed sign Silva.