Nacho Monreal is currently considering a contract offer from Athletic Bilbao and, whilst he isn’t ready to push for a transfer, is interested due to the length of the deal on the table.
According to reports in Spanish newspaper Marca Bilbao are keen on recruiting Monreal this summer, whereas Arsenal aren’t willing to make a decision on his future with them until next year, as is their right.
Monreal at Arsenal
The left-back has experienced mixed fortunes at the Emirates Stadium whilst fighting with Kieran Gibbs for the number one spot.
It was the Spaniard who was preferred during the latter stages of last season, and, more importantly, in the FA Cup final, but even so one gets the feeling that if a better option becomes available Arsene Wenger will be open to replacing him.
As a result Monreal’s future in north London isn’t as solid as he would like, with Marca claiming that he would prefer to be handed more assurances.
He certainly has them in the form of the three-year deal from Bilbao, although agreeing to join the Basque-based club would represent a step down in general quality.
The La Liga club run by a strict set of rules that demands they only field Basque players or those who can claim strong Basque roots, meaning that their ability to fight with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona is severely hampered.
As Monreal will be 30 next year he does have to consider where he will be playing his football in years to come, and that could be enough to make him seriously contemplate Bilbao’s offer if Arsenal accept any forthcoming deal.
The predicament at hand
In any case it’s a scenario worth keeping an eye on as the summer transfer window progresses. Monreal could well be offered a new Emirates deal if Wenger decides to give him a first-team guarantee, but with a number of other older players with the Gunners facing similar situations he might fade to the back for the time being.
After all, Wenger has more pressing matters to decide upon than Monreal’s future as he prepares for a sustained assault on the Premier League.
Arsenal looked good value to challenge across the board next term with their performances in the second-half of the last campaign, but the expectancy from the supporters could increase as a result.
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