January 22, 2015 / 8:47 PM / 3 years ago

Real Madrid agree to sign Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva

Juventus' Jose Martin Caceres Silva celebrates after scoring against Napoli during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, January 11, 2015.Ciro De Luca

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Cruzeiro have agreed to sell defensive midfielder Lucas Silva to Real Madrid, the Brazilian champions said on Thursday.

Spanish media reported the fee would be around 15 million euros ($17.4 million).

Silva, 21, is considered to be one of Brazil's most promising young players and has represented his country at junior level.

"We have been in touch with Real Madrid since last year and we're now discussing a fee," Cruzeiro's director of football Valdir Barbosa told ESPN radio. "I think a deal should be complete by the start of next week."

Silva was released from training on Thursday to have a medical with the European champions, said reports.

His arrival could prompt the departure of Asier Illarramendi who is believed to be a target for Real's struggling La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao.

($1 = 0.8608 euros)

Reporting by Iain Rogers in Madrid and Andrew Downie in Sao Paulo, editing by Tony Jimenez

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