Arsenal could press ahead with a move for Argentinian defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia this summer according to the Metro. The 29-year-old is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Lazio and is reportedly available for £18million in the summer.
According to reports from Italy, Biglia’s agent has made an agreement with Lazio that his client will be allowed to leave the eternal city if any club comes in with a bid of £18million. That seems a lot of money for a player of his age.
Lucas Biglia had a very promising start to his European club career with Belgian top-flight club Anderlecht. He was touted as a star of the future, yet spent seven years with the club before finding moving to a more high-profile league with Lazio in 2013.
He has impressed for the Italian outfit in his short spell in Rome and this season has made 25 appearances, scoring three goals. His main strengths are not going forward though, as he is regarded a tough-tackling defensive midfielder, although he does have an impressive range of passing.
However, I would question why it has taken so long for the Argentinian to receive his current recognition, considering he is 29 years-old.
French midfielder Francis Coquelin has made the defensive midfielder role his own in recent months for the Gunners and his performances have led to questions about the futures of both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini at the club.
Neither Flamini nor Arteta has given the team what they really needed in that position. However, with every game Coquelin seems to be growing in confidence and keeps producing decent performances.
The 23-year-old showed once again against Manchester United that he can produce when it matters in the heart of midfield. At the moment it seems that Arteta and Flamini are both more vulnerable to being sold than the former-Charlton loanee.
I have to admit I remain unconvinced by the idea of Arsenal signing Lucas Biglia. I cannot say I have seen every game he has played for Lazio, but I have seen enough to say that I am not sure the Gunners should be splashing out £18million on the midfielder.
Coquelin has done well and I am sure there are better ways for the Gunners to spend the money elsewhere. I very much doubt considering his age and Arsenal’s current options that Biglia will be arriving in north London anytime soon.
Would Lucas Biglia be a good signing for Arsenal?