Arsenal may have a great chance of prizing away Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez after the defender turns down fresh contract offers.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Spanish defender.
According to El Gol Digital, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has identified the player as a top target as he looks to strengthen the club’s defence this summer.
The Basque club are desperate to tie him down to a new deal with Nunez having a £25 million release clause inserted into his current contract.
Club president Rafa Alkorta, however, recently told El Correo how Nunez has already turned down two offers as a he fears losing the player.
"Our objective is to renew because we want him to stay with us. He is a valuable piece who gives us a lot. Right now, there is an offer on the table, which is in fact the third one that we have made,” Alkorta explained.
Arsenal must strike:
The Gunners have long been weak at the back. They have conceded 36 goals in 28 Premier League games, 11 more than Sheffield United.
Defenders David Luiz and Sokratis are above 30 years of age. Shkodran Mustafi doesn’t inspire confidence, while Calum Chambers isn’t reliable.
A new centre-back or two is a top priority for Arteta this summer. With the talent of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aleksandar Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe in the final third, a top four spot should certainly be achievable with a more coherent back line.
Nunez, a former Spain U21 international, is comfortable in possession and strong off the ball. At £25 million, he could be a real bargain this summer.
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