Athletic Club Lining Up €4 Million Signing For Ibai Gómez In January Transfer Window
The January transfer window is just around the corner and Athletic Club have fixed their eyes on Ibai Gómez. Since leaving the club to join Deportivo Alavés in the summer of 2016 Gómez is playing the best football of his career. The 29-year-old has scored three goals this year, while assisting on two others, and will see his contract expire at the end of this season.
It’s no surprise that Gómez has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Along with Athletic, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, and Leeds have all expressed their desire to sign the winger. Alavés have been hoping to extend Gómez’s contract, but know that they will not be able to afford his increased wages and Athletic have no intentions of waiting until the summer when he would be able to sign with the Basques on a free transfer.
According to a breaking report from Javier Beltran of AS, Athletic intend to pursue Ibai Gómez in the January transfer window and could sign the 29-year-old for a fee of around €4 million. Gómez’s current release clause is set at €10 million, but Alavés are said to be willing to negotiate and part with him for less to ensure that they do not lose him for free in the summer. The Santutxu product is said to want the move as well.
Ibai Gómez is a completely different player than he was when he left Athletic back in 2016. He’s started a family, found consistency in his game, and has become a leader on and off the pitch. He’s never hid his love for Athletic which is the club he’s supported since he was a child and, if all goes according to plan, he could be back playing at the San Mamés next month.