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Report: Arsenal eyeing £25m-rated 6ft 1in centre-back who ‘opponents just can’t get around’

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Report: Arsenal eyeing £25m-rated 6ft 1in centre-back who ‘opponents just can’t get around’

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez, who has recently changed agent with the idea of facilitating a move away,  according to Basque outlet Deia.

The 23-year-old centre-back has come through the ranks at the Lezama academy and has made 69 appearances for Athletic, including 18 in all competitions this season.

Although Nunez has been in and out of the first team this season, his impressive displays when called upon haven’t gone unnoticed.

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Spanish publication AS claimed that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals West Ham were keen to sign the defender in January.

However, Deia now claims that the Gunners have been tracking Nunez for a while, and manager Mikel Arteta has identified the 6ft 1in ace as a top summer option.

The outlet also claims that Nunez’s release clause in his contract – which expires in the summer of 2023 – is €30million (around £25million).


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One of the key areas Arteta is likely to strengthen for Arsenal in the summer is the defence, which has been far from watertight on far too many occasions.

Nunez seems to tick all the boxes as a prospective Gunners signing, with Inside Athletic giving a good insight into the player’s credentials in a 2018 article comparing him to teammate Yeray.

“Nunez is a traditional center-back who is tall, strong, and good in the air,” the article reads.

“He is rarely beaten on crosses and can be a wall that opponents just can’t get around. The (then) 21-year-old has shown the ability to make great tackles and does so with confidence.”

Given his credentials, further potential, age, reasonable price tag and reported desire to change clubs, he sounds like he could be an impressive prospect for Arsenal.

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