Manchester United are reportedly pursuing Lazio star Lucas Biglia, but does Louis Van Gaal really need another defensive midfielder?
According to the Metro, United have already agreed terms with the Argentinian international which could see him secure a move for around £28m.
While that in itself is a questionable decision, given that Biglia is 29 years of age, the real question is whether or not Van Gaal is about to make a very serious mistake in the transfer market.
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Having already signed Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, the United midfield is seemingly set and there are other areas of the squad that require strengthening.
Schneiderlin in particular has proven to be a capable defensive presence in midfield for the Red Devils, displaying his ability to break up play and set attacking moves in motion while also being a threat with his goal-scoring exploits too.
Coupled with Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick, that trio will cover the midfield roles well enough, not to mention that Daley Blind can step up into those roles and Ander Herrera has been relegated to the bench.
So where does Biglia fit in with all of this? Having lost Angel Di Maria following his transfer to PSG, Van Gaal appears to have identified the requirement for another player in midfield.
Biglia is undoubtedly a talented player that has excelled during his spell in the Italian capital, and he can even drop back into defence and play a role for Van Gaal there.
The Dutchman wants to be able to build from the back and so not only would the Lazio captain’s defensive capabilities fit with the team, but his assured play on the ball will be a key aspect of his contribution too.
Nevertheless, United would arguably be better off looking at another natural central defender or an attacking player that Van Gaal has made no secret of needing, as reported by ESPN.
There is no denying that Biglia would improve any squad that he is part of, and it is no surprise that Lazio value him highly given his influence on the team.
However, this is a situation where he is not needed at Old Trafford, and Van Gaal spending that amount of money would be a real step back after making good progress this summer.