- Club: São Paulo
- Position: Attacking midfielder
- Age: 18
- Nationality: Brazilian
You hear the likes of Javier Pastore and Eden Hazard as potential Arsenal players—they’re too expensive, so forget about them.
Let’s look at some of São Paulo’s transfers in the past decade.
- Hernanes for €10 million to Lazio in 2010
- Kaká for €8.5 million to A.C. Milan in 2003
- Grafite for €3.5 million to Le Mans in 2006
- Luís Fabiano for €1.875 to Porto in 2004
- Júlio Baptista for £1.75 million to Sevilla in 2003
Do you see a common theme? My goodness São Paulo must be pushovers, either that, or they consistently undervalue their players.
Oddly enough manager Arsène Wenger poached Denílson from São Paulo, yet he turned out neither a great passer, nor a great tackler, which translates to a mediocre player.
Why doesn’t Arsenal get into the position Palermo were they signed Pastore from Huracán for £5 million in 2007? How much is Pastores’ value now?
Tim Vickery at Sports Illustrated stated “Sao Paulo's Lucas duo potentially the next great Brazilian exports”.
The other Lucas, Lucas Piazón was sold to Chelsea in March for £5 million.
Will £5 million be enough to tempt São Paulo into selling Lucas to Arsenal?
Potentially Lucas could be another Nicolas Anelka for Wenger, who bought the talented Frenchman for £500 000, and sold him for £22.3 million.
Pros of signing Lucas: Prodigiously talented player, who could be a very shrewd investment.
Cons of signing Lucas: Just 18, and can he adapt to the physical nature of English Premier League?