Arsenal size up Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia

Lucas Biglia

Transfer Talk: Gunners target one Argentine as City pay £39m for another, Sergio Aguero

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 16:25 ON Wed 27 Jul 2011

Arsenal's hunt for a big summer signing continues and the Gunners have now apparently decided that Argentine starlet Lucas Biglia is the man for them.

The 25-year-old Anderlecht midfielder recently broke into the Argentina team and now apparently believes he is too big for the Belgian league. In an interview with Belgian paper Het Nieuwsblad he made it clear he wanted to head for pastures new. He said: "I think I have come to the end of my time at Anderlecht... The board know what I want. Playing for Argentina opens lots of doors for me.

"Sometimes I feel I have to work harder because I play in Belgium. It would be easier in a different league."

The Metro says that Biglia's interview has got Arsenal excited and that he is just the sort of tough-tackling ball-winner that Arsene Wenger wants. Liverpool and Spurs are also sniffing around Biglia, but the Gunners are set to open the bidding with a £6m offer.

Another Argentine, striker Sergio Aguero, is due in England today to complete his transfer to Manchester City. According to the Metro, the Sky Blues have won the hand of the 23-year-old striker, despite the attention of several suitors.

Apparently Atletico Madrid chief executive Gil Marin was in Los Angeles  - where City are currently on tour - on Monday to discuss the small print of the deal and all parties have agreed terms that, it is claimed, mean the Premier League club will pay Atletico in the region of £39m.

Aguero's agent Hernan Reguera was also present in LA and not surprisingly had little complaint at the prospect of his man earning £250,000-a-week for the next five years. The news will come as a bitter blow to those other clubs who'd expressed interest in the Argentine frontman, most notably Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Talksport claim that Chelsea might be about to pounce for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson. Apparently new Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas rates the 24-year-old Johnson and sees him as capable of doing the business at the Bridge, using his pace out wide to supply Fernando Torres with crosses that the Spaniard might be able to bury.

Johnson fell out of favour at Eastlands last season with Roberto Mancini preferring to use the England international as a super sub. And with the Sky Blues having agreed to hand over £40m for Aguero, they could do with offloading Johnson for a sizeable fee.
 
Elsewhere, former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra is on the brink of leaving Real Madrid after the temperamental Frenchman went AWOL from the Spanish giant's training ground.

According to Spanish rag AS, the 26-year-old Diarra should have reported for duty on Monday but didn't show, prompting speculation that he is trying to force Jose Mourinho's hand over the question of his transfer. Though he's contracted to Real till 2013, Diarra has made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Manchester United both believed to be interested in his signature.

Jose Enrique's recent Twitter rant, blaming his Newcastle employers' transfer policy, seems to have been a canny ploy by the Spanish defender to force his exit from St James' Park. The Daily Mail claims that the Magpies now realise relations with Enrique are beyond repair, and are putting out feelers to Liverpool and Arsenal. Both clubs were linked with the 25-year-old earlier in the year and the Mail says Newcastle hope to hear from one of them "within the next 10 days".

Finally the agent of Roma striker Mirko Vucinic has said that he has been in contact with Manchester United about the transfer of the 27-year-old to Old Trafford. Speaking to Italian sports website lasignoraingiallorosso.it, Alessandro Lucci said: "I met Manchester United yesterday [Monday]. We spoke about Vucinic, but we didn't reach an agreement."

The Montenegro frontman has been with Roma for five seasons but apparently Alex Ferguson believes Vucinic can strengthen his United side for the coming season. "United like Vucinic but there's still a lot of work to do to see Mirko at Old Trafford," added Lucci. · 

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