Huesca In Talks To Sign Athletic Club Midfielder Mikel Rico
After Athletic Club’s 2-2 draw with Huesca on Monday manager Eduardo Berizzo was asked whether or not there will be any more moves for his squad. Toto very clearly stated that he is “counting on every player in the team” and that “if there are any exits it won’t be because of me”. To put it simply, if anyone is going to leave the club before the transfer window closes it will be because a player wants to go.
While the squad may look set at this point there is one player who could still be on the way out. According to a report from Sport Huesca, Huesca are in talks to sign midfielder Mikel Rico and claim that a move could materialize very quickly. The 33-year-old has always wanted to end his career at Athletic, but he also wants to play and realizes that he will only have limited opportunities at the San Mamés.
A return to Huesca certainly makes sense for Rico who is still very close to President Agustín Lasaosa, has a house in the city, and his wife is also from the area. In fact, Javier Beltran of AS has reported that Rico contemplated rescinding his contract in June which is still an option and could be the way for him to make the move happen. His current deal with Athletic is set to expire next summer.
Athletic have an overbooking in midfield and Rico knows that his minutes will be limited this season. When Athletic hosted Huesca on Monday the 33-year-old exchanged pleasantries with his former club who did speak with Athletic about the potential transfer. At this point there is nothing official between the two clubs, but sources close to Huesca claim that it is only a matter of time before an agreement is reached.
Meanwhile, Sabin Merino has been receiving offers to leave Athletic as well. Leganés and many clubs from the Segunda have reached out to the striker who knows that he won’t have many opportunities this year either, but he is determined to prove himself at Athletic. Javier Beltran reports that the 26-year-old, whose contract expires next summer, has rejected offers in hopes of convincing Berizzo.