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Stop hogging all the talent! Real Madrid sign yet another wonderkid
Highly-rated Lucas Silva follows Martin Odegaard in moving to the Bernabeu.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS REAL Madrid have completed the signing of Brazilian under-21 international midfielder Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro.

The deal cost Los Blancos a reported 14 million euros (£10.5 million) with Silva agreeing a five-and-a-half year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“Real Madrid and Cruzeiro have reached an agreement for the transfer of Lucas Silva, who will be tied to the club until June 30, 2020,” said a statement on Madrid’s website.

Silva becomes Madrid’s second signing of the January transfer window after 16-year-old Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard sealed his switch from Stromsgodset on Friday.

Silva shot to prominence as Cruzeiro claimed a second consecutive Brazilian title in 2014.

His arrival is likely to precipitate the departure of Asier Illarramendi, who has been linked with a 25 million euro switch to Athletic Bilbao.

Illarramendi was signed for a staggering fee of 37 million euros after helping Spain to a second consecutive under-21 European championship in 2013.

However, he has failed to become a first-team regular under Carlo Ancelotti, making just three league starts this season.

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