Arsenal & Everton set to battle for Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Nunez – Mail

Transfer battle for Nunez being touted

Everton and Arsenal are reportedly ‘ready to battle it out’ for Athletic Bilbao’s talented 22-year-old defender Unai Nunez.

Both the Toffees and Gunners have somewhat struggled defensively this season.

Despite Arsenal being sat third in the Premier League right now, they have the second-highest number of goals conceded in the top seven.

While they clearly have an exciting attack, it is their defence which has been questioned on a number of occasions.

For Everton, though, it’s a much more extreme case.

The Toffees have been simply woeful so far this season, and are currently sat 18th in the Premier League table.

They’ve also lost their last four games, with defeats to Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley.

Now, they’re in desperate need of some defensive reinforcement, and Arsenal are set to battle them for Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Nunez.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: Marco Silva, Manager of Everton looks on during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Millwall and Everton at The Den on January 26, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Set for January Premier League move?

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Everton are ‘ready to battle it out’ for Nunez.

It’s not specified whether a move would be in the January transfer window, or whether both clubs will wait until next summer.

Their report reads: ‘Both Premier League clubs are keen on the highly-rated centre back, who already has one senior cap for Spain, and are understood to be contemplating a move.’ 

Despite having one international cap, Nunez isn’t actually a regular for Bilbao.

In fact, he only featured in 13 La Liga games last season.

Nunez has also only featured three times so far this campaign.

Despite that, he could cost either Arsenal or Everton a decent amount, with his release clause supposedly set at around £30 million.

 

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