Rogue Agent involved in a fake Arsenal bid for Biglia by AM
It has been revealed by Belgium newspaper La Derniere Heure that Anderlecht received a fake bid for Lucas Biglia in the summer.
The Argentine midfielder made himself available in the summer transfer market after publicly expressing his desire to leave Anderlecht. He was once quoted saying –
‘I can leave for €8million (£6.3million) in the current market. I agreed to this transfer fee myself,’ he said back then.
‘There are clubs ready to pay that amount but they are not better than Anderlecht so for now I focus on this club. I want to at least be playing in Europe.’
As soon as Alex Song left Arsenal, the Gunners were linked with a host of defensive midfielders across Europe. There was interest from Arsenal but they didn’t make any official approach. But there were reports that Biglia’s agent did offer his client to the London club in order to secure a deal (which never materialized).
The story took a dramatic turn when the Belgium club received a bid of £6.7million from an intermediator. This caused lots of panic among the Anderlecht officials. Although Anderlecht were not informed about which club was interested, it was rumored to be either Arsenal or Real Madrid.
Later on, it was revealed the intermediator was a rogue agent who wanted to unsettle Biglia and force other clubs to make a bid from where he intended to earn some commission.
The Argentine defender was subject of another prank on the transfer deadline day, as a fake twitter account (named SkySports) declared that Biglia is about to sign for Norwich. It was rubbished later on by both the clubs.
SkySports’ website had an article about him coming to Arsenal, which was used for a post on this very site. When queried as to the validity of the rumour, we went back to Sky, only to find it had been removed. Boy, did we get fooled! We also got slated by loads of readers! Whoops.