Manchester United’s first team is largely comprised of native Spanish speakers at present; David de Gea, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao all represent countries where it is the first language.
No doubt Louis van Gaal has the tongue also, having served two terms in charge of Barcelona, so latest Old Trafford link Lucas Biglia, Lazio’s 29-year-old Argentine defensive midfielder, would seemingly fit right in.
United are often linked with Albiceleste stars; centre-halves Nicolas Otamendi and Ezequiel Garay frequently get mentions in gossip columns, but they have bought a few in recent decades, with Rojo and Di Maria following on from Gabriel Heinze and Juan Sebastian Veron since 2001.
The Mirror don’t have much on the story, claiming United will move for Biglia with an £8m bid this summer, although Paris Saint Germain are also thought to be interested.
Considering Barcelona paid around twice that for Jeremy Mathieu (now 31) last summer, expect any realistic bid to be much more than £8m.
There’s plenty of hoo-hah in the papers regarding Arsenal’s never-ending search for a central midfielder, with the current love quadrangle also containing Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and Barcelona.
Los Blaugrana are planning to pull out all the stops this summer to land Bender, according to the Mirror and the Metro, leaving Arsene Wenger to scowl over the loss of a long-term target.
This development will, allegedly, clear the path for a Schneiderlin move from St Mary’s to the Emirates, although Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will likely want in when the bidding for his old Saints charge starts.
In other news, former Old Trafford gaffer David Moyes could shift his sight significantly lower from Danny Ings to Sammy Ameobi as he looks to build on a decent start at Real Sociedad.