Athletic Bilbao are hopeful of persuading Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal to join the San Mames this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The 31-year-old’s Basque heritage means he has been a long-term transfer target for Athletic, and AS state they are confident of landing Monreal this summer despite the fact he signed a new deal with Arsenal last year.

The former Osasuna and Malaga player has made 30 appearances for the Gunners this season and is highly regarded in North London, meaning any move to La Liga may prove tricky.

However, the report refers to Athletic’s long-term courting of Raul Garcia, whilst at Atletico Madrid, as an example of the club’s perseverance and persistence in their efforts to land transfer targets. 

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