Arsenal Close In On £8.3m Argentine Midfield Maestro Signing

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Anderlecht have named their price for Arsenal target Lucas Biglia, although the Gunners will face stiff competition for the midfielder from AC Milan.

The Argentinean international has interested Arsene Wenger for a number of years, and now Anderlecht say they’re willing to do business at £8.3million, with Milan confirmed as one of the front-runners for his signature.

The Belgian club’s director general, Herman Van Holsbeek, said: ‘Milan are interested in Lucas Biglia.

‘We haven’t received any offers. I can’t rule out the possibility his agent is offering him to other clubs, but our position is clear.

‘The player still has two-and-a-half years to run on his contract. Obviously if someone pays us enough then we could not say no but we would need eight million euros net.

‘That would mean, with one thing or another, a fee of about 10,250,000 euros.

‘That would obviously be the fee that would allow us to sell him immediately, we can re-evaluate in the summer, but in January he will not go for a penny less.’


Soon after Alex Song left for Barcelona the Argentine international was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and it appears as we move nearer to the upcoming transfer window the talk of a possible move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Argentine international has been quoted as saying that he hopes to leave Anderlecht and has openly discusses the apparent €8m (£6.5m) price-tag on his head.

The 26 year old has spent the last six years with Anderlecht, helping the club to three domestic titles and in the process forcing his way into the national team set-up despite plying his trade in a fairly average league. No doubt Biglia will hope that a high-profile move would further assist his national team ambitions.

A move for Biglia is certainly a ‘Wenger-style’ signing as the Gunners boss is known for targeting players who are not exactly ‘household’ names and the Anderlecht man may well feel it’s time for a new challenge.

Arsenal could well do with a fresh defensively minded midfielder as currently Spaniard Mikel Arteta is being used in a holding role to deal with the lack of an out and out ‘enforcer’. Whilst Biglia is more than just a tough tackling presence, it is perhaps this side of his game that most interests boss Arsene Wenger.

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