Monday , February 17 2020

Pep Guardiola ‘keeping tabs on Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez’ as defensive overhaul begins

Pep Guardiola ‘keeping tabs on Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez’ as Manchester City manager looks to overhaul his defensive options with £30m-rated Spaniard

  • Manchester City are keeping an eye on Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez
  • The Spaniard could be signed by activating his £30m release clause this summer
  • City want to improve their options in defence following a poor title defence
  • Nunez has been capped once by the Spanish national team and interests City

Pep Guardiola is reportedly keeping tabs on Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez as he looks to overhaul his defensive options ahead of next season.

City have spent the majority of the current campaign without first choice starter Aymeric Laporte while John Stones has struggled for form. 

This has seen Guardiola opt to play defensive midfielder Fernandinho in one of the two centre back positions on several occasions.

Manchester City are mulling over a summer move Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez 

Nunez has a release clause of £30m with his contract with the La Liga club lasting until 2023

Nunez has a release clause of £30m with his contract with the La Liga club lasting until 2023

The reigning Premier League champions are desperate to strengthen their back-line and have enquired about Nunez’s situation in recent months, according to AS.

The 23-year-old has a release clause of £30m which Bilbao want to increase but they would need to negotiate a new contract with the player.

Nunez is currently tied down until 2023 but wants a wage increase that would put him on the same income as team-mates Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez.

City would reportedly have competition from Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Barcelona, who are also monitoring the defender’s situation.

Nunez has made 13 appearances for Bilbao this season and also has one international cap for Spain.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to bolster his defensive line for next season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to bolster his defensive line for next season

Manchester City are keen on bringing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez to the club

Nunez – who has been capped once by Spain – has made 13 appearances for Bilbao this season