Crystal Palace failed with an attempt to sign Santos midfielder Lucas Lima towards the end of the transfer window.

Palace were in the market for a midfielder last month, which was apparent from their interest in signing Jack Wilshere on deadline day, but they also had other deals lined up.

According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, the Londoners had an agreement in place with Brazilian outfit Santos for the signature of 26-year-old attacking midfielder Lima.

Palace agreed to pay a fee worth €15m to the Brazilian giants and also prepared a four-year contract worth €2.5m per season net for the Brazil international midfielder.

However, the deal eventually collapsed as the player refused to move to England and wanted to continue his career in the familiar climes of South America.  


The English giants were ready to welcome the Brazilian to Selhurst Park, but Lima rejected an opportunity to move to Europe in favour of continuing in his homeland.

A product of Internacional, Lima joined Santos in 2014, and has made 76 appearances for the club.

He has also earned 12 international caps for Brazil.