Aitor Elizegi Claims Athletic Club Have Been In Contact With 7-9 Players As Possible Transfer Targets
New Athletic President Aitor Elizegi is serious about strengthening the squad this month in hopes of helping the team successfully avoid relegation. Elizegi was recently interviewed by Euskal Telebista where he claimed that the club has already “been in contact with 7-9 players who could be reinforcements”. His statements have already excited fans who are wondering which players could be making the move to the San Mamés.
There is no doubt that Ibai Gómez, Fernando Llorente, Ander Herrera, and Javi Martinez are all in this group. Elizegi said multiple times that he would contact former players to find out if they are interested in coming back so it should come as no surprise. Gómez and Llorente are already viewed as the top targets for the winter market and are the most likely players to return.
Figuring out who the other players are is pure conjecture. Perhaps the club has reached out to other former players such as Guillermo, Unai Bustinza, Javi Eraso, Jonas Ramalho, Igor Angulo, or Urko Vera. Maybe Athletic have turned to pervious transfer targets like César Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Mikel Merino, Alex Berenguer, Like Barja, Jon Bautista, Sergio Moreno, or someone else altogether.
At this point it’s impossible to know who all the club has contacted, but one thing is clear. Aitor Elizegi is serious about making signings this month. Whether it be Ibai Gómez, Fernando Llorente, or someone else the club wants to improve the team and give manger Gaizka Garitano the best possible chance to escaping relegation and moving further up the La Liga table in the months to come.