Bilbao star could still make Emirates Stadium switch but wants to stay in Spain until the summer.
Arsenal have been rebuffed in a deadline day move for £8m Athletic Bilbao centre-half Fernando Amorebieta, according to Goal.com’s chief football correspondent Wayne Veysey.
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The Gunners are close to signing Spain international left-back Nacho Monreal from Malaga but it now looks as though Amorebieta will not be joining him in North London.
The 27-year-old, who is a Venezuelan international but represented Spain at youth level, is out of contract in summer 2014 but has so far refused to sign a new deal with the Basque outfit.
The stylish centre-back has earned admiring glances from across Europe for his performances for Bilbao in recent seasons and Amorebieta starred as the Basque club reached the Europa League final last season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger watched as his side defended calamitously during Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, in which left-back Kieran Gibbs limped off injured.
If Amorebieta does not sign a new contract at San Mames in the next five months, Arsenal could reignite their interest in the player next summer and potential seal a cut-price move for the Venezuelan.
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