Date: 25th January 2018 at 10:00pm
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Athletic Bilbao are weighing up a bid for Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal as a replacement for bound , according to AS.

The club are powerless to stop Laporte joining City if the leaders activate the centre back’s £57m release clause, and they are searching for alternative who have a Basque heritage.

Monreal was born in Pamplona, within the borders of the Basque region, and played for before making the switch to the in 2013.

Bilbao will be cash rich after Laporte’s sale, and they could make a bid for the Arsenal star with the player heading into the last 18 months of his contract at the .

However, Monreal is not the only player that the La Liga side are looking at. ’s has a release clause of €32m (£28m) which they could look to trigger, but Bilbao would see that as a far more costly outlay.