Manchester United line up shock midfield signing

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 4th 2017

Despite the best efforts of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, it is clear that Jose Mourinho remains on the lookout for the perfect man to partner Paul Pogba in the heart of his midfield.

Eric Dier, Fabinho and Radja Nainggolan have all been linked with a switch to Old Trafford at various points throughout the summer, but none of these targets have yet been secured.

If reports in the Daily Star are to be believed, then the Red Devils are now prepared to look elsewhere, with a bid for Lazio’s Lucas Biglia expected in the coming days.

LUCAS BIGLIA

Currently in the final year of his contract with the club from the Italian capital, the man boasting around 50 caps for Argentina is also said to be attracting attention from both Liverpool and AC Milan.

This is hardly surprising given the consistent level at which he has performed in Serie A, with the 31-year-old delivering similar numbers on a season-by-season basis:

Lucas Biglia
POS: MIDAGE: 31Y 5M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 9LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
13/14
Lazio
26
1
2
14/15
Lazio
27
2
3
15/16
Lazio
27
3
4
16/17
Lazio
29
3
4
TOTAL
109
9
13

A return of 13 goals and nine assists over the course of the last four top-flight campaigns is a pretty decent return for a player who is essentially a holding midfielder, highlighting the fact that he has more than one string to his bow.

At his best, however, it is the defensive side of his game that Biglia is most appreciated for, with the ex-Anderlecht captain prepared to do the dirty work that enables those around him to shine:

Lucas Biglia
POS: MIDAGE: 31Y 5M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 9LB
 
SA | LAZ | 16/1716/17 16/17 | LAZ | SA
WITHWITHOUT
29
MATCHES
9
59%
WIN%
44%
17%
DRAW%
22%
24%
LOSS%
33%
58
GOALS FOR
16
39
GOALS AGAINST
12
2
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.8
1.3
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.3
45
MINS PER
GOALS F
50.6
66.9
MINS PER
GOALS A
67.5
10.5
SHOTS F
PER GAME
13.2
1.9
POINTS
PER GAME
1.6
5
CLEAN SHEETS
3
9
TOTAL
3

Lazio averaged an extra 0.3 points per game in Serie A last season when the Argentinian was involved and his quiet efficiency could be just what Manchester United need alongside the flamboyance of Pogba in the engine room.

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