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Monday June 3 2013
Athletic chase Granada ace

Athletic Bilbao are chasing Granada central midfielder Mikel Rico for a second time, according to Marca.

Los Leones tried to sign the Basque-born player before the start of last season and will again try to lure him back north if the Andalusian outfit is prepared to do business this time around.

Bilbao President Josu Urrutia will be entering his third campaign in the role and has promised fans more signings than in previous years as the club gets ready to begin life in their new stadium.

Rico, 28, has a contract at Los Carmenes until June 2015 that includes a release clause of €11m, a price Athletic consider way too high. Consequently, they will begin negotiations with Granada President Quique Pina in order to seek a reduction on the fee, given the player has already indicated his willingness to agree to the move

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