Athletic Club Sign Alavés Winger Ibai Gómez In €4 Million Transfer
Ibai Gómez is an Athletic Club player once again. The 29-year-old winger was set to see his contract with Alavés expire in June and Athletic made it clear that they wanted to bring him back to the San Mamés. Gómez expressed his desire to return to the club he has supported his entire life and the two clubs quickly began negotiations with the transfer being finalized on Wednesday.
Athletic first reached a contract agreement with Gómez who is expected to sign a 3-4 year deal with he Zurigorri. The club then reached a transfer agreement with Alavés on Tuesday for a fee of around €4 million which may actually be closer to €3.5 million. With fringe details still being worked out Alavés owner Josean Querejeta tried to demand a higher fee on Wednesday but Athletic refused and the transfer has now been finalized and is waiting to be officially announced.
Sources say the announcement will likely be made before the team’s Copa del Rey match against Sevilla on Thursday. Ibai Gómez will then be presented as an Athletic player on Friday with the club wanting him to be available to play in Sunday’s La Liga match which is also against Sevilla. The transfer will be made official in the coming hours, Ibai Gómez is an Athletic Club player again.