Fernando Amorebieta’s agent has revealed that the Athletic Bilbao defender is currently in contact with Arsenal FC over a summer move.
The 27-year-old has been linked with Anzhi and Arsenal throughout this season. The Venezuelan international has impressed for Bilbao over the past two seasons, especially during the club’s brilliant run in the Europa League last year. Now his agent has revealed that the player is interested in playing in the England and a move to Arsenal looks to be on the cards.
‘We have had some contact with Anzhi, they were ready to make a good offer, but my client wants to play in England, so the transfer to Russia was not possible.
‘We are in talks with Arsenal, he could join them in June.’ – Gines Carvajal, Amorebieta’s agent, was quoted in press.
Amorebieta, whose contract runs out at the end of this season, has refused to negotiate with the club regarding a new contract. In fact it is fair to say that even Bilbao weren’t too interested in extending his service. The 27-year-old seems to be a strange choice for the Gunners as defence has been Arsenal’s prime area of concern in the squad and Amorebieta is certainly not an improvement on either of Mertesacker, Koscielny or Vermaelen.
The Bibao defender is good in the air but not nearly as effective as Mertesacker, although he has more pace than the German international. But his biggest weakness is perhaps his disciplinary record. The Venezuelan is the most red-carded player in Bilbao’s history, with 11 dismissals to his name. In fact in 2009-10 season, the defender picked up 18 yellow cards and two reds!
Amorebieta was a Liverpool transfer target last summer, but a move failed to materialize. Perhaps what has attracted Wenger the most about him is the fact that Amorebieta will be a free agent next summer, so to get him for free will represent a good deal for the club. But the Gooners must keep their expectations in check, as he is far from the solution to Arsenal’s defensive woes.