Liverpool running out of time if they want to sign Athletic Bilbao star

Athletic Bilbao are hoping to tie down Iker Muniain to a new long-term contract, amid interest from Premier League side Liverpool.

Following the sale of Ander Herrera to Manchester United, tying down his former teammate Iker Muniain to a new long-term contract has become a priority.

The Athletic Bilbao winger’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2015, a situation which has left the Basque side in a sticky position amid interest from Liverpool.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, however, the Merseysiders may need to act quickly if they want to turn their interest into something more concrete. Athletic Bilbao are hoping their star player will renew until 2018 by the time pre-season starts on July 7.

Iker Muniain has a release clause of €45 million, though should he decide to follow in the footsteps of his good friend Ander Herrera and move to the Premier League, such an inflated fee from Liverpool wouldn’t be necessary as the La Liga outfit wouldn’t want to risk losing him for nothing next summer.

The Reds have been very active so far this summer, securing deals for Rickie Lambert and Emre Can as well as closing in on Adam Lallana and new World Cup sensation Divock Origi. Their summer spending spree, however, isn’t set to stop there as boss Brendan Rodgers eyes more deals ahead of next season.

One area where Liverpool are arguably light is out-wide, with Raheem Sterling and Coutinho the only two who appear comfortable out on the flanks, and the Brazilian better utilised centrally, arguably Sterling too.

21-year-old Iker Muniain is a natural-born winger who can also play inside. He has often been dubbed ‘the Spanish Messi’ due to his incredible balance, turn of pace and fine dribbling skills and there is little doubt he would be a hit at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers’ footballing philosophy.

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