BILBAO STARS WANTED
Life couldn’t get any sweeter at the moment for Athletic Bilbao as they approach the halfway point of the season in 1st place, in the quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey and still unbeaten.
However, life could get a lot harder for ‘Los Leones’ as some the top European clubs begin to chase their Basque stars.
Recent reports from around the globe suggest the likes of Markel Susaeta, Iker Muniain and Ander Herrera could be set for moves to Europe’s biggest sharks as the transfer window re-opens.
Muniain, who has scored seven goals in 19 appearances this season, is heavily linked with Chelsea, Manchester City and Monaco, with Jose Mourinho believed to have made him his number one priority.
Another player on Chelsea’s radar is his teammate Herrera who has a £31 million release clause. However, Real Madrid and Arsenal are also on his tail with the ‘Gunners’ set to launch a £23 million bid.
The ever present Mikel San Jose is a name mentioned often in Italy with AC Milan thought to be keen whereas closer to home it is Atletico Madrid who are lining up a package for Susaeta.
Oceano Cruz is thought to be keen to fight tooth and nail to keep all his stars at San Mames but the overall feeling amongst the Spanish media is that Athletic Bilbao may be resigned to sell.