Lucas Biglia has been given an ultimatum by Lazio but the press in Italy suggests that his heart is set on Milan.
Milan are expected to announce the signing of the 20-year-old Franck Kessié officially on Monday after the Ivorian underwent more tests today.
But the Atalanta man is not the only midfield target of the Rossoneri and they seem determined to add Lazio captain Lucas Biglia to the squad of Montella.
Sky Italia reported earlier on Thursday that Lazio have told Biglia he has to tell them whether or not he wishes to renew his contract (expires in 2018) by this weekend. The online version of La Repubblica is reporting this story as well, and is adding that Biglia has already made up his mind – he wants to join Milan in this summer.
Repubblica.it’s Marco Ercole claims that in the days before the end of the season, the club and coach Simone Inzaghi tried to convince Biglia to stay and there was also a long meeting in the locker room between Biglia and other Lazio senators like Marco Parolo, Senad Lulic and Stefan Radu, in which they tried to convince the 31-year-old Argentine regista to renew his Biancocelesti contract.
Ercole writes that Biglia’s desire to move to Milan is not because of money as the offer of Lazio and of the Rossoneri is virtually the same (€2.5 million plus €500k bonuses from Milan and €2.5m plus €300k bonuses from Lazio), but instead it’s because of the project of Milan which convinces him.
There is still no agreement between Lazio and the seven-times Champions League winners from Milano, but the current offer is said to be €18m plus €4m in bonuses. Claudio Lotito however, would prefer a higher fixed price and lower bonuses. Milan reportedly also expressed their willingness to give up on the percentages they’d be owed if Andrea Petagna is bought by the Roman side but Inzaghi seems to be prefer a different profile for his next for next season. Lazio wanted to include midfielder Juraj Kucka in the operation but Milan value him at €10m which is apparently deemed too much by Lotito, who would rather get as much money as possible if his captain leaves.
It remains to be seen of course whether these rumours are true or not, but what’s clear is that Milan intend to strengthen their midfield and are willing to spend the money to do so.