Real Sociedad Showing Interest In Athletic Target Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta
Iñigo Ruiz De Galarreta was destined for big things as a Lezama starlet. He stood out as one of the best young midfielders in Spain, but injuries derailed his development. Galarreta would spend three years away on loan before finally joining Numancia in 2016 on a permanent deal. Over the summer he signed with Las Palmas where he has established himself as one of the best players in the Segunda this season.
The 25-year-old has featured in 29 games so far this season, scoring twice and assisting on two other goals. Galarreta is finally starting to live up to the massive potential he showed as a younger player and his knee injuries appear to be a thing of the past. For the first time in his career he is close to making a permanent move to the Primera with several clubs taking notice.
According to a report from Javier Ortiz De Lazcano of El Correo, multiple La Liga clubs have already contacted Las Palmas with interest in signing Galarreta this summer. The midfielder currently has a €30 million release clause, but Las Palmas would be willing to sell for much less. Athletic Sporting Director Rafa Alkorta has already stated publicly that the Lions have been monitoring the Lezama product but they will have competition.
The report goes on to reveal that Real Sociedad are also interested in Galarreta. Scouts from La Real have already traveled to watch the midfielder several times this season and are believed to be one of the clubs who have contacted Las Palmas. In fact, El Correo claim that Real Sociedad wanted to sign Galarreta last summer but didn’t because of their pursuit of Mikel Merino.
Unless something changes over the next few months it’s hard to see Galarreta not making the move to the Primera. He’s proven that he’s ready to compete at the highest level and is still young and eager to fight for his place. With Ander Iturraspe and Mikel Rico leaving there will be room at Athletic for a return if the Zurigorri choose to pursue the transfer, but with other clubs also interested it will ultimately be up to Galarreta to decide his future.