The words no football fan ever wants to hear from one of their star players:
But that is the unfortunate fate that has befell fans of Anderlecht on Friday after the long awaited news regarding their Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia was confirmed.
It was reported in Corriere dello Sport that Biglia has stated:
"My future is clear, I'm leaving. A concrete offer has arrived from a club; I have an agreement with the management of Anderlecht. I will leave soon Anderlecht will be paid 5 million euro."
This rhetoric has continued from earlier in the week when the player announced that he was ‘almost 100%’ agreed with a move away from Belgium to ‘realize the dream of playing in a big league’.
Well where is he going?
Because we know his name has popped up on the radar on the odd occasion from time-to-time.
Liverpool were linked heavily with signing him in February and that interest peaked again recently as it became clear Anderlecht were ready to let him go.
Southampton were also mooted with an interest in the player valued at a bargain £4.5 million.
Arsenal were heavily linked with the player known as ‘The Little Prince’ in both last summer’s transfer window and the winter window in 2013 as a replacement for Alex Song.
Norwich City were even credited with an interest in bringing in the player on loan at the start of next season as the Albiceleste international became desperate for a move away from the Belgian Pro League.
In the end he stayed at Anderlecht and had a mixed season. He was dropped after going AWOL midway through the campaign; before playing the hero in the championship game with Zulte-Waregem last weekend.
So is he on his way to the Premier League?
It seems he will celebrate a recall to the Argentina national squad by instead agreeing a €5 million deal to Serie A outfit Lazio.
For a 27-year-old deep-lying midfield talent; compared to Xabi Alonso and Fernando Redondo; with seven caps for his country, and rising, that is an absolute bargain price.
This absolute coup by the Roman club has not been officially ratified but is almost universally agreed in both Belgian and Italian media that this is Biglia’s destination; with a deal likely to be confirmed after Argentina’s World Cup qualifiers with Colombia and Ecuador next month.
Arsenal and Liverpool will have to keep their eyes peeled elsewhere for a central midfield solution.
Are you glad or upset your club has missed out on Biglia?
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