Deportivo Come Calling For Athletic Defender Andoni López
Andoni López enjoyed a successful loan spell with Almeria last year, but it wasn’t enough for the defender to earn his place at Athletic. Despite being a talented young player, López won’t be able to overtake Yuri Berchiche or Mikel Balenziaga in the depth chart. Gaizka Garitano has already informed the 23-year-old that he isn’t part of the plans for this season and a loan move is imminent.
Almeria have already expressed their desire to keep López for another year, but the left-back would like to go elsewhere. According to a report from Juanma Velasco of AS, Deportivo La Coruña have contacted Athletic in hopes of signing the Lezama product this summer. The Galicians lost Saúl García to Alavés and view López as the perfect replacement.
López is still under contract with Athletic through 2021 and knows that he must play regular minutes to convince Garitano that he has a future at San Mamés. The club will continue to field offers for the defender, but a move to Deportivo is very possible. Athletic would be willing to pay more of the player wages depending on how much playing time he gets at Deportivo. At this point there’s no agreement in place, but Andoni López could leave before Athletic travel to Germany on Sunday.