Gunners close in on Argentine star

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Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia has claimed that Arsenal have already been in contact with his agent as the Argentine star looks set to quit the Belgian champions.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger, but the Gunners boss could face stiff competition from newly crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid.

The Argentina international has admitted that he is ready to leave Belgium after six successful years in the country. The holding midfielder has won two Belgian Pro League's and a Belgian Cup in his time with Anderlecht, and he was part of his national side's under-20 World Cup winning team, alongside Lionel Messi.

Speaking to, Biglia said: "It's true that Real Madrid and Arsenal are interested in me. Only Arsenal and Real Madrid have contacted us and now we are waiting.

"I have a contract with Anderlecht until 2015 but the club know what I want. My intention is to leave."

Anderlecht reportedly rejected a bid for the Argentine from Fiorentina in January, but he looks certain to leave now that Anderlecht's season is over. The former Independiente star is thought to have a buyout clause of around £8m, which Arsenal may look to trigger this summer.

However, any deal could be dependent on the success of Arsenal's pursuit of Yann M'Vila. Reports in France have suggested that the Gunners are close to sealing a £17.7m move for the French international.

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