Lucio has advised Inter to sign his fellow Brazilian Lucas. “He’s better suited to Italian football than Neymar.”
The Nerazzurri have long shown an interest in Sao Paolo striker Lucas and director Marco Branca is thought to be in Brazil for negotiations.
“I know Lucas very well and Inter ought to run to sign him straight away,” Lucio told the Corriere dello Sport.
“He is a wide attacker with a great deal of quality, all combined with exceptional pace. He always works hard in training and is a humble lad.
“I remember during the Copa America training he’d often face Dani Alves during games between ranks and it was always a fiery battle.
“I think Lucas is better suited to Italian and European football than Neymar.”
Lucas has already earned 10 senior Brazil caps, but his agent warns a switch to Europe is not imminent.
“We know of the interest, we were informed of the news, but the player does not want to go,” said agent Wagner Ribeiro.
“We are not open to talks because Lucas has expressed an interest in staying. Sao Paulo also have no desire to open negotiations.”
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