Athletic Club Have Reportedly Contacted Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta Over Possible January Transfer
Athletic are serious about strengthening the squad this summer and have already been working to contact players who the club views as possible transfer targets. Ibai Gómez and Fernando Llorente lead the list as the biggest names, but there are others who are being monitored and the latest should come as no surprise.
According to a breaking report from Jesús Izquierdo of Marca, Athletic have contacted the representatives of Las Palmas midfielder Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta to express their interest in purchasing the 25-year-old. Galarreta was once a promising young star at Lezama who excelled with his passing and creativity, but injuries eventually saw him leave Athletic.
After spells with Mirandés, Real Zaragoza, Leganés, Numancia, and Barcelona B he was purchased over the summer by Las Palmas for a fee of €500,000. Athletic were said to have been interested in him last summer and the year before, but never moved to bring him back to the club. Now the new Board of Directors could finally make a reunion a reality.
The report goes on to say that Galarreta’s representatives informed Athletic that he is interested in returning and would welcome the move, but he also won’t force a move away from Las Palmas who have treated him well. If Athletic are going to sign the midfielder this summer they will have to negotiate a transfer with Las Palmas who are said to be willing to sit down and talk with Athletic about the potential transfer.
Over the last few years Galarreta has played at a very high level in the Segunda and has been one of the best midfielders in the league. As always his passing, vision, and creativity have made him a dangerous player on the pitch and those qualities are desperately needed at Athletic. Still just 25 years old, Galarreta has a lot of his career ahead of him and perhaps he would thrive in a return to his boyhood club.