Athletic agree deal for Benat

Athletic Bilbao have reportedly reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign Benat Etxebarria this summer.

Benat looks likely to be sold this summer as he enters the final year of a contract that, after season’s worth of negotiations, has failed to be extended.

Former club Athletic had reportedly already had one offer of €8m turned down in recent weeks, whilst previous speculation has paired Arsenal, Liverpool and Wolfsburg with the 26-year-old.

However, Cope Sevilla understand that a second €8m bid has been accepted, with variables included that could take the total eventual payment to as high as €12m.

It is also understood that Benat, who was released from Athletic in 2009, has agreed a five-year deal to return to San Mames this summer.

Estadio Deportivo had reported earlier in the week that Premier League side West Ham were also interested in making a move for the 26-year-old, having scouted him in recent games alongside Championship outfit Bolton.

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