Amorebieta after Prem switch

Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta is ready to drop

into the free agent pool and push for a move to England.

The Venezuela international has been offered fresh terms in

Spain, with his contract set to expire at the end of the


He has, however, rejected the new deal and is prepared to see

out of the final few months of his current agreement.

Interest in his services is already building, with informal

talks having been held regarding his next move.

Ambitious Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala and Premier League

heavyweights Arsenal are among those to be monitoring Amorebieta’s

situation, and his representative has revealed that a switch to

England would be the 27-year-old’s preferred choice.

“We have had some contact with other clubs, such as Anzhi, but

Fernando wishes to play in the Premier League and that is our

priority,” Amorebieta’s brother and agent, Kepa, said in Marca.

“There have been calls and sounds from Arsenal, but we still do

not have a formal offer from them on the table.”