Arsenal & Liverpool keeping tabs on Venezuelan international

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Arsenal and Liverpool defender target Fernando Amorebieta appears set to leave Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season.

The Venezuelan centre back is in the final months of his contract at San Mames, and the Basque-based club have withdrawn their latest offer after failing to agree terms with the 27-year-old.

And, Sky Sports claims a host of clubs continue to keep tabs on the player after being credited with an interest in the past, with both the Gunners and the Reds in the mix for Amorebieta’s signature.

AC Milan, Everton and Barcelona are also keen on the eight-cap international, who has made over 250 appearances for his club over the past seven years.

Amorebieta’s stock has gradually risen in Spain over the years, and he impressed in the Europa League victory over Manchester United last season.

He was linked with a deadline day move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of January, but Arsenal failed in their pursuit of the player, according to

Instead, Arsene Wenger brought Nacho Monreal to north London, with the Gunners strengthening at left-back following an injury to Kieran Gibbs.

But, with Amorebieta potentially available for nothing in the summer, Arsenal could strengthen at the back without damaging the transfer budget.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, spent big in January without bringing a defender to Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge has hit the ground running on Merseyside, whilst Philippe Coutinho has great potential after arriving from Inter Milan in the final stages of the window.

However, Sebastian Coates is yet to impress after joining from Nacional in 2011, and with Jamie Carragher recently turning 35, the time might be right for Liverpool to strengthen in the position.

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