Atletic Bilbao are desperate to sign a new left-back and have made Nacho Monreal their top priority. [Picture: Getty]
Nacho Monreal is set to leave Arsenal for Athletic Bilbao on a three year deal according to reports.
The left full-back has been linked with a move back to Spain, with Bilbao tracking him since last season before finally making a move this summer.
Reports according to the Metro claim Bilbao has tabled a bid for the defender since June and are waiting for a positive response from Arsenal.
The 29-year-old star stamped his name in the starting line-up of Arsenal last season after some wonderful performances, which culminated in a goal against Manchester United in the quarter final of the FA Cup.
Though Monreal succeeded in ousting Keiran Gibbs from Arsene Wenger’s starting eleven last season, he however, is close to that forbidden 30-year-old mark at Arsenal.
And with just 12 months left on his contract at Arsenal, the club might see this as a good time to cash in on the £7million rated defender.
Monreal arrived at Arsenal from Malaga in 2013, and has gone on to make 61 appearances, scoring one goal and lifting two FA Cup titles.