Lucas Biglia has agreed terms with Manchester United ahead of his supposedly imminent switch to Old Trafford, though the Red Devils and Lazio remain at loggerheads with regards to a fee.
That’s according to Belgian newspaper De Standaard, who also state that Louis van Gaal is keen to have the Argentina midfielder amongst his players in time for next week’s Champions League qualifying clash with Club Brugge.
It’s recently been reported that the 29-year-old is Van Gaal’s next big target, despite the fact Lazio have handed him their captaincy for the forthcoming season.
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De Standaard build on previous rumours by suggesting that only a fee is now stopping the deal from being done, with Lazio keen to hold out for €40million, but United only ready to stump up €27m.
The ensuing difficulties in coming to an agreement result in the fact that it’s unlikely Biglia will turn out for the Premier League giants when they begin their European conquest next Tuesday, though there is room for negotiation that could favour Van Gaal.
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With Lazio seemingly ready to conclude a transfer if United bid over €30m things could be sorted fairly quickly. The Red Devils certainly have that money at their disposal and if Biglia has already agreed his part of the deal it should be a straightforward process so long as both clubs are happy.
If he does arrive the next question posed is where he will fit in. Three midfielders have already been purchased by Van Gaal this summer in the form of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, and with the likes of Michael Carrick and Juan Mata also vying for a first-team spot places in the starting XI are at a premium.
A good buy?
That said Biglia’s purchase would represent the addition of another experienced European star, one who would offer Van Gaal handsome squad depth and an extra body to place in front of the back four when the time is necessary.
Fans would be forgiven for wondering why the club isn’t more focused on securing a striker to take the pressure off of Wayne Rooney, but there are far worse players to be had than Biglia.
United fans, do you think Biglia will be a good signing if and when he joins? Who else do you want to see signed? Let us know in the comments box below.