Milan confirm signing of Lazio midfielder Biglia


Milan, July 17 (IANS): AC Milan have announced the signing of Argentine veteran midfielder Lucas Biglia for the next three football seasons after reaching an agreement with Lazio for a transfer fee of 17 million euros ($19.4 million).


“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Lucas Biglia from SS Lazio,” the Italian club confirmed in a statement on Sunday.


“The player has penned a three-year contract through to June 30, 2020,” it said.


The 31-year-old Biglia spent the past four seasons at Serie A club Lazio, reports Efe.


Biglia is “an experienced playmaker” with a strong tactical sense and great vision on the field, Milan said.


Biglia, who appeared in 50 matches with the Argentine national team, started his professional career with Argentinos Juniors in July 2004 and then moved to Independiente.


He played 66 games in the Argentine league, where he scored one goal.


Biglia then moved to Belgium, where he joined Anderlecht for seven years, helping the team win four league titles, a league cup and four super cups.


He joined Lazio in July 2013 and made his Serie A debut against Udinese.


Biglia scored 16 goals in his four seasons with Lazio, which finished fifth in Serie A last season, ahead of sixth-place Milan.


Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves joins Flamengo

Madrid, July 17 (IANS): Spanish football club Valencia has confirmed the sale of Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves to Rio de Janeiro side Flamengo.


“This Sunday Valencia CF have reached an agreement with CR Flamengo regarding the permanent transfer of goalkeeper Diego Alves to the Brazilian club,” read a statement on La Liga club’s website.


The 32-year-old will reportedly earn 500,000 reais (around $150,000) a month in a deal that will expire at the end of 2020, reports Xinhua news agency.


Alves made 146 first-team appearances for Valencia after his 2011 move from Almeria.


In 2016, he became the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves (17) in Spain’s La Liga, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta’s previous record.


Last month Alves said his immediate priority was to become Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.