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Athletic Bilbao confirm interest in Manchester United star
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that they are looking to sign 4 of their former players soon. The club's sporting director, Rafael Alkorta was speaking to Cadena Ser when he revealed the news.
“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai Gomez, Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente ... we are interested in all of them. Any player who can represent Athletic (through their Basque roots) will interest us and players in that quality bracket interest us, so yes,” said Alkorta.
Javi Martinez and Ander Herrera have been featuring often for Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively but aren't starters. They are used in big matches or when another player is injured.
Ibai Gomez has been playing regularly for Deportivo Alaves and has been very impressive. He has been linked with a move to Leeds United but Bilbao might snatch him before the Championship side make a proper move.
Fernando Llorente, meanwhile, has been benchwarming at Tottenham every since he moved there. The Spaniard is reportedly looking for a move away and Bilbao might just be his next destination.
“We are aware none of these deals would be easy but we are interested in exploring the possibilities of what we can do. We have not made any moves yet but we will get to work this week and get going on these fronts.” added the sporting director.
Ernesto Valverde is reportedly looking to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, will Bilbao be looking to get him back as well?