Jean Lucas, the Brazilian midfielder who made a name for himself in Europe, has returned to his homeland, signing a four-year deal with Santos FC. This move marks a significant turning point in Lucas’ career, as he bids farewell to AS Monaco and embarks on a new journey with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side.
Having joined AS Monaco from Olympique Lyonnais in 2021 for a transfer fee of €11 million, the 25-year-old midfielder made a promising start. Over the span of two seasons with Les Monégasques, Lucas showcased his skills, contributing two goals and as many assists in 49 games played across various competitions. However, his final campaign with AS Monaco did not turn out as hoped. In the 2022-2023 season, Lucas saw limited game time, with only 369 minutes on the pitch. In the autumn, he was left out of the senior squad, which ultimately led to his departure.
L’AS Monaco informe du transfert de Jean Lucas, le milieu brésilien de 25 ans au @SantosFC, club historique du championnat brésilien.
Le Club lui souhaite bonne chance pour la suite de sa carrière.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) July 16, 2023
Lucas’ move to Santos FC brings him back to familiar territory, as he had previously donned the black and white jersey during a loan spell from Flamengo in 2019. This homecoming provides an opportunity for Lucas to reignite his career and make a lasting impact for Santos FC.
The signing of Jean Lucas not only strengthens Santos FC’s midfield but also adds experience and versatility to their roster. As an 8-time Brazil international, Lucas brings a wealth of international exposure and a skill set that can greatly benefit his new team. With his defensive prowess and ability to contribute offensively, Lucas has the potential to become a key figure in Santos FC’s pursuit of success in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.