Sporting Portugal Join The Race To Sign Athletic Transfer Target Ibai Gómez

Yuri Ibai Benat

Athletic have competition to sign Ibai Gómez in January (LaLiga)

Athletic’s desire to bring back winger Ibai Gómez is a well-known fact by this point. The 29-year-old has played the best football of his career since joining Alavés back in 2016 and, with his contract set to expire in June, several clubs have their eyes set on the Santutxu product. Gómez has never been shy about his love for Athletic who are reportedly ready to sign him in January for €4 million.

So far Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo have been linked with the winger while Leeds, who are coached by Marcelo Bielsa, have yet to give up hope of completing the transfer. Now a new challenge has entered the race. According to several reports Sporting Club Portugal have already made an attractive contract offer to Gómez and have been monitoring the Alavés star for over a year now.

It seems certain that Gómez will not sign a contract renewal with Alavés. The two sides have yet to even discuss the possibility and sources claim that the club would be willing to part with the 29-year-old for less than his €10 million release clause in order to ensure that they get something in return from his departure. With so many teams lining up to sign Ibai Gómez it may only be a matter of time before he leaves the Mendizorrotza and the hope in Bilbao is that he will choose to return to the San Mamés.

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