Former Arsenal midfield target still wants Premier League move

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Having been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia says a switch to the Premier League is still on his wish list.

Former Arsenal target Lucas Biglia has admitted that he would still like to make a move to the Premier League.

Biglia, 28, was linked to the Gunners throughout the 2012-13 campaign after impressing for Belgian club Anderlecht, with Real Madrid and Liverpool also reported to be interested in his signature.

The Argentina international moved to Lazio in the summer of 2013, however, where he has since established himself as one of the most consistent defensive midfielders in Serie A, earning comparisons to compatriot Fernando Redondo and Real stalwart Luka Modric.

Nevertheless, with Argentina currently in London ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly against Croatia at Upton Park, the former Independiente prospect has renewed talks over a potential switch to England, declaring his love for both the capital and Premier League football.

“London’s a very beautiful city,” he told ESPN FC. “In fact, I already knew the city from a previous visit I made. Certainly I would like to play in an important league such as the Premier League.”

Biglia, who started in the World Cup final in Brazil, also added that he is content to remain with Lazio for the moment, following a failed summer move to Real, but did reiterate his desire to take his career another step forward in the near future, whether that be to the Spanish giants or the Emirates Stadium.

“I could have joined Real Madrid in August but the closure of the transfer window was so close that the deal just didn’t materialise,” he said.

“At the moment I feel very happy at Lazio but I want to continue to grow and in the future I hope I can have another chance like that.”

With Arsenal desperate for a defensive-minded midfielder, one could envisage Biglia being the ideal January target for Arsene Wenger but, having signed a five-year deal at Lazio upon his arrival, his price tag would not be cheap.

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