Arsenal, West Ham and Everton in race for Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez

Athletic de Bilbao v Granada - Spanish Copa del Rey
Unai Nunez could be on his way out of Bilbao this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are all in the race to sign Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Nunez this summer. but they face competition from big clubs across Europe.

The 23-year-old centre-back has a release clause of £27m at the La Liga side so any interested parties can snap him up for that price if they so wish.

Bilbao have been trying to get Nunez to sign a new contract, but the defender has refused their offers, according to Spanish publication AS.

The defender’s current contract runs until 2023, but the reports in Spain suggest he will likely leave Bilbao this summer, especially with his relatively low release clause.

Nunez is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal with the Basque club because he has started just 12 La Liga games this season, making four further substitute appearances.

Despite not being a fixture in the Athletic Bilbao team, he has caught the attention of clubs across the continent, with Arsenal, West Ham and Everton all interested in the Premier League, while AC Milan and Monaco are also considering a move for him.

Nunez enjoyed an impressive first season at Bilbao, making 33 La Liga appearances in 2017/18, but has featured less since.

He picked up his solitary cap for Spain in September last year although made 13 appearances for his country’s Under-21 side, winning the European Championship in 2019.

He is expected to play Bilbao’s last four league games of the season after Yeray picked up an injury against Real Madrid on Sunday.

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