Arsenal are ready to pay the £26.45million release clause to sign Unai Nunez from Athletic Bilbao as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad for next season’s football campaign.
Mikel Arteta who joined the Gunners in December 2019, will be using the summer transfer window to put together the squad he believes will get Arsenal back into the Premier League top 4 as well as back into the UEFA Champions League.
Unai Nunez would help bolster the Gunner’s shoddy defence that has continuously let them down in the past, however, the deal is not yet set as other clubs are said to also be willing to match the Arsenal bid for the Athletic Bibaos defender.
Unai has only secured a permanent spot in the Athetic starting line up in the second half of the season but Mikel Arteta is confident that the midfielder will help Arsenal strengthen their defensive shortfalls.
The 23-year old will bring some much-needed vitality to the Gunners defensive which is currently made up of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos who are both over 30-years-old.
Arsenal still have many hurdles to face before clinching the deal with Nunez as Manchester City, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and West Ham have all shown interest in the youngster, offering to pay off the release clause.
Athletic Bilbao are also looking to see if Unai is willing to extend his contract with him as it expires in 2023.