Lucas Silva
Lucas Silva is consider one of the jewels of the Brazilian academyReuters

Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has confirmed the Brazilian outfit are likely to sell coveted player Lucas Silva during the January transfer window should any club meet his £12m demands.

The 21-year-old midfielder is a regular for the Brazil national youth teams and being considered one of the jewels of the prolific Brazilian academy. He has reportedly attracted the attention of a number of big Europea clubs – including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.

In the summer, his agent Luiz Rocha revealed he had been in contact with Louis van Gaal's United side over a possible transfer deal.

Meanwhile, reports in Spain claimed Real Madrid have identified him to replace Sami Khedira - as the Germany international is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu either in the January transfer window for a cut-price deal or in the summer, once his contract at Los Blancos will expire.

Reports in Spain recently claimed that even though Real Madrid are in pole position to secure his services, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also closely monitoring the Brazilian starlet, as he is looking for a long-term replacement to Mikel Arteta, especially following the Spaniard's latest injury.

Silva recently claimed his "dream" is to play at the Santiago Bernabeu but with manager Carlo Ancelotti assuring on Friday 5 December the Spanish giants are not going to sign anyone during the January transfer window, the midfielder may consider a move to the Premier League instead.

The Cruzeiro president has admitted there is interest from both Spanish and English clubs and claimed they are willing to sell the player should any side meet their demands.

According to AS, Tavares said: "There's no definitive offer yet – we're waiting to receive a formal offer but we have already set a price for the player, based on his market value; for any figure lower than €15m, Cruzeiro is not willing to negotiate."