Late on Monday night Skysports.com reported “that officials from Manchester City have travelled to Germany in a bid to push through a deal for Bayern Munich defender Lucio.”
With Luis Van Gaal now at the helm at Bayern, Lucio’s position in the team is now firmly under pressure. The Dutch coach has already gone on the record to make it known that he feels he has too many similar defenders in his squad, announcing “Lucio has a contract with the club, as does Martin Demichelis, Daniel van Buyten and Breno. All four defenders are right-footed and competing for a place in the starting line-up.”
At 31-years-old, Lucio is a seasoned professional at the highest level of club and international football. The Brazilian centre-half has spent the last five years playing at the heart of the Munich backline, chalking up 144 appearances and seven goals for the German giants. And before playing for Munich Lucio played for Bayer Levekusen where he scored 15 goals in 92 games.
Internationally, Lucio has represented Brazil on 84 occasions and counting, the defender recently relied on by coach Dunga at the Confederations Cup and scorer of the crucial winner in the final over the United States (watch here). In all likelihood Lucio will represent the Samba Boys at the 2010 World Cup, and then for some time more until an adequate replacement is found.
Known for his athletic physique and his ability to get up-and-down the pitch, Lucio has matured from his younger days as being a marauding centre-half whose defensive game was slightly suspect to now being a reliable rock at the back who is still capable of bursting forward at the right time. At 6ft 2inches Lucio is also a beast in the air and equally dangerous from corners and free-kicks.
Signing Lucio, who is reported to be available for Â£6million, would be a feather in the cap for Mark Hughes as he would be acquiring a defender with stature and experience – qualities the City rearguard need more of.