Real Madrid have been heavily linked with Lucas Biglia.
According to a recent report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid have tabled a £15.6 million bid for Lazio defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia.
Newly-appointed Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has seemingly made the midfield area his first priority to strengthen this summer, and he knows Biglia well from his time in Serie A.
The Argentina international stood out in Italy last season as one of the league’s better defensive midfielders, averaging 3.7 tackles and 2.4 interceptions per league encounter.
Madrid’s late-season collapse was largely due to an unbalanced midfield in the absence of the injured Luka Modric, and it’s a problem which needs eradicating this summer.
As per reports in Italy, Benitez has singled out Biglia as his ideal man for the job and an offer has been submitted, though Lazio's owner is said to be holding out for £21.3 million.
Would Lucas Biglia be a good addition at the Santiago Bernabeu?
Following the departure of Xabi Alonso last summer, Madrid thought they had acquired a like-for-like replacement in German international Toni Kroos but that soon proved a great misconception.
The former Bayern Munich man doesn’t have the same defensive capabilities as Alonso, and with Modric out injured there was a big void left in terms of protection for the back four.
Biglia is exactly that type of player, one who will sit in front of the back four, put his body about in terms of defending and also act as a deep-lying playmaker.
While there are arguably younger, better players out there to fit the role such as Paul Pogba or William Carvalho, Benitez knows the 29-year-old well and will have already planned how to deploy him.