Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has confirmed that midfielder Lucas Silva will join Real Madrid, reports Marca.
Tavares confirmed at a press conference that a deal had been struck but that some of its finer details would be thrashed out with the Spanish club today. Tavares added that Lucas Silva had “pressured” Cruzeiro into accepting his move to Real Madrid.
The deal could cost Real Madrid €14m, although Cruzeiro has not confirmed this. Cruzeiro had originally asked for €15m (about $18.9m) for their player, who was named in the Brazilian league’s 2014 team of the year as the competition’s best holding midfielder.
The transfer fee will be split between Cruzeiro, the player himself and other businessmen who own part of the player’s rights, although Tavares refused to divulge the exact percentages going to each party.
Silva is one of the most promising midfielders in Brazil and he has helped Cruzeiro to win two consecutive league titles. He made 27 appearances last season, scoring one goal and registering one assist. He is viewed as a potential successor to Xabi Alonso in defensive midfield for Madrid, as reported by The Guardian.
The imminent arrival of Silva could see Asier Illarramendi leave the club to join Arsenal or Inter Milan. Illarramendi has only started three league games for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season, and Silva is likely to push him further down the pecking order.