31 Mar 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool to make £25m offer for 'special' playmaker who idolises Alonso

In November, Italian newspaper La Gazetta Dello Sport claimed that Liverpool had made an 'enticing offer' for Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, and new reports today suggest that the Argentine remains on Jurgen Klopp's transfer wishlist.

Recent Reports in Italy this week claim that Biglia is on the verge of leaving Lazio, and according to the Daily Express:

* Jurgen Klopp is planning a £25m move for [Biglia] at the end of the season.

* Biglia has been on his transfer radar 'for some time'.

When asked recently about his long-term future, Biglia - nicknamed 'El Principito' - confirmed that he's keeping his options open:

"Will I definitely stay? [At Lazio] I don't know. It doesn't depend on me".

Some info about Biglia.

* 30-year old defensive midfielder, whose current contract expires in 2018.

* Jurgen Klopp reportedly tried to sign Biglia for Dortmund in 2013.

* Anderlecht: 66 goals/assists in 287 games (One every 378 mins).

* Lazio: 23 goals/assists in 92 apps for Lazio (One every 331 mins).

* Sep 2015: Lazio boss Stefano Pioli's assessment: "Biglia is a special player in terms of tactics, technique, and presence. He gives us something extra".

* Big fan of ex-Red Xabi Alonso: "I like Xabi Alonso. For me, he is what gives balance to Spain. He is a role model."

* 10 injuries in the last two seasons, including three separate injuries this season (14 games missed).

Over the last two seasons, Biglia has made practically the same number appearances as Lucas Leiva, which suggests that in fitness terms, he's not a significant upgrade on the Brazilian. On the attacking front, however, the Argentine is a clear upgrade on Lucas, and a career average of a goal/assist every 4 games is creditable for a defensive midfielder.

That said, I can't see FSG sanctioning anywhere close to £25m for a player with a suspect injury history who just turned 30. For the right price, though, is Biglia - currently Lazio's captain - worth pursuing?

Author: Jaimie K


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