Arsenal are interested in signing Athletic Bilbao centre-back Unai Nunez, according to the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports that Everton are also keen on the 22-year-old.
The defender has already been capped by Spain at senior level, having made his debut as a substitute in the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands in the Euro 2020 qualifier last month.
Supporters on Twitter are sceptical about the Gunners’ interest in Nunez with many pointing out he has the same first name as manager Unai Emery:
He is really good on Football manager!
— Anirudh (@Tactician04) October 17, 2019
Emery’s son ?
— Whizz (@Bill_Whizz) October 17, 2019
dk who tf he is but athletico bilbao have a good history of home made talent😂😂 (laporte, kepa)
— Jazinho (@Jaz1up) October 17, 2019
Unai nunez red white army !
— Amir Beldjilali (@amirbeldjilali) October 17, 2019
Emery looking for a namesake.
— @IgedeBoy (@IgedeBoy2) October 17, 2019
8 years later from now ..
Bayern Munich’s inform player and the best player in their season Unai Nunez was being spotted by Arsenal in 2019
— Mohamd Hossam Eldeen (@MoHossam94) October 17, 2019
Go get us Upamecano leave unai alone
— Viktoh_odili (@scott_odili) October 17, 2019
Another Unai, haha
— Jacob Heed Olsson (@JacobHeedOlsson) October 17, 2019
Since its almost winter transfer window pic.twitter.com/OhVWOT0i0Z
— Basile_Iradukunda (@Basile_16) October 17, 2019
We’re actually interested in each and every La Liga defenders as far as Arsenal is concerned. 😅
— Łukasz 🌍 (@iamtheluka) October 17, 2019
— Simon (@oguguasimon) October 17, 2019
The centre-half reportedly has a £30m release clause in his contract, which isn’t a great amount in the current transfer market. It must be said, though, that he isn’t a regular starter for his club at the moment.
Nunez was an unused substitute in Bilbao’s last two league games against Valencia and Celta Vigo. He is battling Inigo Martinez and Yeray Alvarez for a place in the starting eleven.