As most of the European Leagues reach the midway point it is time to reflect in this New Year about transfer bargains. One that springs to mind is Lucio’s transfer from Bayern Munich to Inter Milan in the summer. Coming somewhat out of the blue, the Captain of Brazil was snapped up by Jose Mourinho for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £4.5 million.
Given that the move was a surprise, to me it is even most surprising the fee involved. One of the best centre-backs in world football moving for a tiny fee is crazy. Granted he may be 31 years old, but his presence on the field is invaluable.
The World Cup winner is famed for his attacking forays into the opposition half, setting up attacks and unsettling opposition players. He is dangerous at set-pieces with his imperious leap and heading ability as the USA found to their detriment in the Confederations Cup when he scored the winner in the 84th minute.
More so, he has become the undoubted leader of the Inter backline that already boasted talents such as Walter Samuel, Christian Chivu and Ivan Cordoba. Lucio usurped them all and has become the number one central defender in the Inter Milan squad, whilst also forming a brilliant defensive partnership with ‘The Wall’ Samuel.
His consistent form this season has ensured Inter have the best defensive record in Serie A, shipping only 14 goals so far. Timely challenges and a rocket of a free-kick mean Lucio is a sure fire bargain. Many managers would love to acquire a defender of his calibre for their team.
We will all watch in anticipation as the burly Brazilian leads Brazil to the World Cup in South Africa looking to add to his impressive trophy hall.
Pace, power and confidence, he possesses everything you could want in a defender, truly a transfer bargain.
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