Date: 8th July 2020 at 9:00am
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

According to AS, Everton ‘have been interested’ in Unai Nunez ‘in recent months’ and may have to battle West Ham United, Arsenal, Everton, AC Milan and AS Monaco for his signature. The Toffees are on the hunt for a centre-back to accompany Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane next season, but it remains to be seen if they’ll be successful signing Nunez.

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The 23-year-old rose through the youth ranks to Athletic Bilbao’s first-team in 2017 and has gone on to make 73 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal. Nunez has made 22 appearances under Gaizka Garitano this season, but he’s not commanding a starting place in La Liga.

The Spanish international has featured in 16/34 games, amassing only 1208/3060 minutes of playing time, so he may be open to a move away from the San Mames Stadium.

As per WhoScored, Nunez has averaged 1.2 interceptions per game, which is more than Lucas Digne (1.2) and Seamus Coleman (1), so he could be a good addition to Everton’s defence. AS say the 23-year-old has a €30m release clause, so he wouldn’t break the bank, but Everton have a lot of clubs to beat out.

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