Athletic Club Bilbao target Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta as Ander Herrera’s replacement
After losing Ander Herrera just a few days ago, Basque giants Athletic Club Bilbao are targeting a move for Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta who the club views as the perfect replacement.
Now that Ander Herrera has officially left Athletic Club Bilbao to join Manchester United, the Basque giants are now searching for ways to replace their star midfielder with a big season of Champions League play on the horizon.
If reports are to be believed, it would appear as though Athletic already know just the player they want to sign.
According to reports in England and well as Spanish daily paper Marca, Athletic have singled out Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta as their desired replacement and are believed to be ready to make a €6-7 million bid in the coming days.
Arteta only has one year left on his deal with Arsenal and Athletic are hoping to use that to lure the 32-year-old into a move to the San Mames, though after once playing for Real Sociedad, the deal would surely be accompanied with drama if the San Sebastian native makes the switch to Bilbao.
Besides Arteta, Athletic are also said to be interested in Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia, though the 27-year-old just signed a new contract with the La Liga champions, upping his buy-out clause to €20 million.