Dani García’s move to Athletic Club has been one of the worst kept secrets in all of football. The midfielder rejected a renewal offer from Eibar a few months ago and reports immediately began to claim that he would be making the switch to the San Mamés in the summer thanks to his expiring contract. Despite the fact that it was fairly well-known, neither club revealed any information and the 27-year-old refused to speak of the situation other than hinting at his own exit. Finally, more information has come out which includes the duration of his new contract.
On Monday, El Correo released an exclusive report that Dani García had reached a contract agreement with Athletic Club a few weeks ago and that the deal has already been signed. It will see the midfielder stay at Athletic for three seasons with the option for one additional year contingent on the amount of games he plays. The report said that the option will likely be triggered if García plays a minimum of 45 minutes in 60 games.
There is no question that Dani García will bring much needed strength to the Athletic midfielder. The 27-year-old is known for his leadership, ability to win back possession, and quality in passing and orchestrating a rhythm in the center of the pitch. He’s a very well-rounded player at his position and will immediately challenge for a starting spot from his first day of preseason training. He can do things that no current midfielder can and that has fans very excited about his arrival in a few months.
Dani García is the third transfer that will arrive at Athletic this summer. The Lions have already signed Ander Capa, also from Eibar, and Cristian Ganea but they shouldn’t be done just yet. Athletic will continue to pursue Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino this summer with hopes of finally bringing the starlet to the San Mamés. President Josu Urrutia is said to be really interested in the idea of pairing Merino with Dani García which could work wonders for the club’s weakest area this season. Regardless of what happens with that saga, Dani García will be wearing the Rojiblanco next season and all that is left is for the clubs to officially announce the move.