Report: Hellas Verona eager to secure a deal for São Paulo midfielder Lucas EvangelistaMilan's M'Baye Niang [C] in action with São Paulo's Lucas Evangelista and Silvinho [R] during their Audi Cup Third/Fourth Place Play-Off at the Allianz Arena on August 1, 2013
Hellas Verona are working hard to secure a deal for São Paulo midfielder Lucas Evangelista, according to reports.
Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Sporting Director Sean Sogliano is targeting the 19 year-old as a replace for Juan Manuel Iturbe, who was sold to Roma for a reported fee of £19.36 million in July.
Di Marzio goes on to suggest Sogliano would prefer an initial loan agreement, with an option to buy, but São Paulo are pushing for a permanent transfer.
Evangelista started out with Desportivo Brasil, who are owned by sports event management company Traffic Group, before joining São Paulo in 2012.
The Limeira native eventually made his debut in a 0-0 draw with Atlético Mineiro in June 2013 and went on to score once in 19 appearances as São Paulo finished 9th in the 2013 Brasileirão.
This season, he is yet to make an appearance for the Tricolor, but was part of a Brazil under-20 side that won the 2014 Toulon Tournament, in France.
If Evangelista does move on to Verona, he will likely be competing with new signings Giorgi Chanturia and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for a starting berth.