Anderlecht captain Lucas Biglia has confirmed that both Arsenal and Real Madrid have been in contact over a move away from Brussels. The midfielder, who is apparently rated at around £8 million, has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs, which is also said to include Fiorentina and Napoli.
Biglia, who has made 6 appearances for Argentina, has made it very clear that he plans on leaving Anderlecht this summer, despite being under contract for another 3 years. Having captained the Belgian club to their second league title, the 26-year-old is interested in proving himself in a slightly more competitive environment than the Jupiler League.
“Real Madrid and Arsenal have both been in contact. I am still under contract with Anderlecht until 2015 but they know that I plan to leave. If a club offers the right price, Anderlecht will let me go.”
The problem I have is seeing where Lucas would fit into the Arsenal team. Biglia is a deep-lying playmaker, but he is not known for being a particularly physical player who could be an out-and-out defensive midfielder in the Premier League; he is unlikely, for example, to be used as a direct replacement for Alex Song in the same way as is possible with Yann M’Vila. However, there is a lot of potential to move him slightly further forward, where his short and sharp passing ability could really come in handy.
This does sound like the sort of move that Arsène Wenger would make in the transfer market. The fact that his fee would be £8 million (rather than £25+ million for M’Vila) would definitely sit well with Le Boss, and his wage demands are unlikely to be as high as some of the other players who have been linked with the club. Arsenal need to bring in one more strong midfielder over the summer, and Biglia definitely has a lot of potential.
With the European Championships starting earlier today, I also felt that it was appropriate to include a guest post on whether or not Poland and Ukraine were the right countries to be chosen to host the competition. The article (from Your Politics My Politics) can be viewed here.