Unai Simón Finalizing Contract Renewal With Athletic, Several Clubs Interested In Signing Him On Loan
There is no shortage of talent at Athletic when it comes to goalkeepers. Kepa Arrizabalaga is quickly turning into one of the best in the world, while Iago Herrerín and Alex Remiro are both more than capable of featuring as starters in La Liga. Unai Simón shouldn’t be ignored either. The 21-year-old dazzled with Bilbao Athletic last season and has also shown signs that he could follow in the footsteps of recent Lezama standouts.
Simón is entering the final year of his contract with Athletic, but both sides are keen to secure his future with the club. They have been in renewal talks for a few weeks now and Javier Beltran of AS has now reported that Simón is in the final stages of negotiations. The keeper is expected to sign a four-year extension that will also see him leave on loan this season to play in the Segunda.
With Kepa getting a longer vacation due to competing with Spain at the World Cup, Simón will begin the preseason with the first team. Over the next few weeks Athletic will be analyzing offers to send the 21-year-old out on loan and there are plenty of suitors. Beltran says that almost every club in the Segunda has reached out to Athletic to express their interest and that a few in La Liga have as well.
At the moment the most important thing is for Athletic to find a place where Simón can play guaranteed minutes. That likely won’t happen in La Liga so he is expected to join a club on loan in the Segunda. At this point it is difficult to tell which teams have the best chance of landing the starlet, but Athletic have had tremendous success over the last decade when it comes to sending goalkeepers on loan. Simón is ready to follow the same path as several other top Lezama keepers and he has all the talent to do so.