According to a report in Marca, Real Sociedad are looking to accelerate a deal for Nacho Monreal so the Spanish international can travel to Spain today ahead of an important La Liga showdown on Friday.
The San Sebastian outfit face fellow Basques Athletic Bilbao, and want the 33 year old available for the crunch local derby.
The report talks about Monreal in such a way that suggests the whole thing is basically done and dusted, with Nacho apparently signing a contract until 2021 with an option for another year on top of that.
It does feel like strange timing from an Arsenal point of view though. Despite the £25m signing of Kieran Tierney, he’s still making his way back from injury, and the Gunners do have a derby of their own to contend with this weekend when Sp*rs travel to the Emirates.
Unai Emery does have Sead Kolasinac at his disposal, but has most often used the Bosnian when deploying a back three, preferring Monreal when using a flat back four. Perhaps that gives us some insight into the approach for Sunday’s game.
There’s so much smoke around this one it feels like a transfer that is inevitable, but we’ll just have to wait and see exactly when it goes through.