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Window Shopper takes a look at: Lucas Silva

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In the first installment of a brand-new, regular series covering the January transfer window, we'll look at rumors about a certain defensive midfielder from Brazil.

STEVE HOLT!
STEVE HOLT!
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Name: Lucas Silva

Age: 21

Current Club: Cruzeiro (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A)

International Career: 4 appearances for Brazil's youth teams

Position: Defensive midfielder

FIFA video game rating: 68 (with a potential to move up to 82)

Transfermarkt value: £7.04 million, which is a significant bounce from £1.1 million this past March

What the papers are saying: Today, Metro's reporting (based on an article in Marca) that Arsenal is looking to "hijack" Real Madrid's bid for "the new Kaka" by "storming in" with an £11.9 million bid in time for the January window.

What WhoScored thinks of him: In 25 appearances this year, he's averaging a 6.80 rating, with an 87.8 pass completion rating, 2.1 tackles a game, and 1.2 interceptions per game. He's also scored a goal, and he likes to "play long balls" and "shoot from distance."

What he looks like in edited-for-maximum-oooooh-factor video:

Spendy McWarchester Excitement Level (SMEL) Index: 4 of 10 Bags-o'-Euros, as Spendy might confuse Lucas Silva with David Silva, but also might confuse him with Lucas Leiva.

Our snap judgment: Sure, you can talk us into taking a flyer on "the next Kaka," especially at the much-pined-for DM position, and the penchant for shooting from distance might be exciting to anyone who's been playing the Aaron Ramsey death strike video over and over. But could a youngster in the Brazilian domestic league instantly plug into an Arsenal defense currently held together by chicken wire and bubble gum?