So what can we tell you about the man they call ‘El Principito’ ... The Little Prince?
1. Lucas was born in Mercedes, Argentina in 1987.
2. His first steps into professional football were with Argentinos Juniors of Buenos Aires
3. The club is famed for its youth scouting and development earning the nickname ‘El Semillero’ or ‘Seed Garden’ in reference to the eventual blossoming of careers from graduates at the club. Previous graduates include Esteban Cambiasso, Juan Roman Riquelme, Fabricio Coloccini and the legendary Diego Maradona amongst many more.
4. He joined Independiente for a year and a half in 2005.
5. He joined Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2006 for an undisclosed fee.
6. Since making his debut he has gone on to play over 250 games for the Purple and White’s during his 6 year stint at the capital club.
7. In 2007 he was named Belgium’s young player of the year an accolade won in the past by Vincent Kompany, Celestine Babayaro and Marc Wilmots.
8. He has suffered in the past with severe shoulder injuries but that appears to be behind him after an impressive 2011-12.
9. He represented Argentina at youth level including during the 2005 World Under-20 Championships where he helped Argentina win the competition held in Holland. He was part of a team that consisted of Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Lionel Messi.
10. He has since gone on to make 6 caps for his country since making his full Argentina debut in 2011.
A strong and technically gifted holding midfielder either club would be blessed to have his talents in their side, here is a snippet of him in action.