Lucas Biglia’s agent has told Tuttomercatoweb that the Lazio star is comfortable in the Italian capital, but admitted his client misses European football and won’t rule out a move.
The Argentine has been in superb form this term at the Stadio Olimpico, serving as a crucial cog in Stefano Pioli’s midfield as the Biancocelesti chase Champions League qualification.
Averaging 3.8 tackles and 2.5 interceptions per game according to WhoScored, the 29-year-old specialises in breaking up opposition attacks and has contributed heavily to Lazio conceding the third-least goals in Serie A.
Yet Biglia has quality to offer going forward as well. He’s a tidy passer – 87.7% pass accuracy – and has created the second-most chances in Pioli’s Lazio side with 23.
What’s more, the Argentina international possesses an occasional flair for the spectacular, as evidenced by his superb volley to open the scoring in Lazio’s 4-0 thrashing of Fiorentina on Monday.
The Premier League elite have in turn reportedly sat up and taken notice, with Sportmediaset claiming earlier this week that both Arsenal and Manchester United have taken a keen interest in the midfielder.
According to the Italian outlet, the pair have been told by Lazio that it will take €25 million to dislodge the former Independiente man.
Biglia even revealed to ESPN FC in November that he nearly joined Real Madrid last summer, only for time constraints to scupper the move.
The 29-year-old’s agent, Enzo Montepaone, has now addressed the latest reports that Arsenal and United are in for his services.
Montepaone told Tuttomercatoweb when asked of the duo's interest: “Right now he is thinking only of Lazio, a club which is doing really well. But as we know in football, situations can change from minute to minute. Only God knows what will happen tomorrow.
“He [Biglia] told me that he misses playing two competitions [the league and Europe] each week. I think for Lazio another league has begun: Juventus are unreachable, but for the Champions League anything is possible. Lucas is keen and is leaving his heart on the pitch to reach that goal.”
Lazio sit level with Napoli on 46 points in the race for Serie A’s third and final Champions League place, having missed out on European football altogether last term.
The Aquile are also only four points adrift of second-place Roma – overtaking their Eternal City rivals by season’s end would mean direct entry to the Champions League group stage.
Securing a place in Europe’s elite competition would bring a financial windfall that would potentially allow Lazio to resist substantial offers for Biglia.
That said, Biglia’s future at the Stadio Olimpico remains up in the air given his agent’s statements, and it will be up to Arsenal or United to tempt him to England should they indeed be so inclined.