Vasco attempt to win chase for Série B star Lucca
Vasco da Gama director of football Daniel Freitas travelled to Criciúma on Tuesday to try and secure a deal for attacking-midfield Lucca, a star of the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.
Lucca, 22, has become a target for several top-flight sides with Flamengo, Botafogo, Cruzeiro, São Paulo and Santos all making initial approaches over a possible transfer come the end of the season.
The DIS player rights agency, recently in the headlines over the transfer of Ganso, are also believed to have made contact over a possible negotiation.
The biggest stumbling block, as so often for Vasco, is financial with Lucca's current buy-out clause set at R$10 million (£3 million). With Criciúma currently owning 90% of the player's economic rights and the player owning the remainder, it is likely Vasco will seek to strike a deal for a percentage of the ownership rights.
With the season fast approaching its conclusion, the clubs are starting to examine their options for the 2013 campaign and the stand-out players of Série B will once more be in demand.
Lucca has scored 11 goals so far this campaign to see Criciúma soar to the top of the second division and nigh-on secure promotion to the Brasileirão for next season.