Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, and according to the Metro, are preparing a bid of around £6m to try and prize the Argentine away from the Belgian side.
At 25, Biglia has only just broken into Argentina’s national side, however Arsenal are reported to have been monitoring the player for some time, and his performances at club level are believed to have caught Wenger’s attention, as well as a number of other top European clubs.
Arsenal have been relatively quiet in the transfer market up until now with their only notable signing being Ivory Coast international Gervinho from Lille last month. With the futures of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri still very much ‘up in the air’, Wenger is looking to bolster his midfield, perhaps in preparation for their departure.
Biglia is believed to have triggered a wave of interest from Premier League clubs, having told the Anderlecht board that he is looking for a “new challenge” and that playing for the national side has inevitably “opened lots of doors” for him. Both Tottenham and Liverpool are reported to have shown an interest in Biglia, but with Champions League football to offer, it looks as though Arsenal are favourites to acquire the services of the tough-tackling midfielder.
Wenger has never been one to spend ‘big’ in the transfer market, but the Arsenal board have insisted that he will have the funds to do so in time for the new campaign. The £10.5m capture of Gervinho appeared to be a statement of intent from the Frenchman, and should he continue to spend in the market on quality players like Biglia, then the potential blow of losing Fabregas and Nasri may be softened, at least to some extent.