Athletic Bilbao continue pursuit of former striker Aritz Aduriz

Athletic Bilbao are said to be stepping up their attempts to re-sign striker Aritz Aduriz from Valencia.

Newly-elected Athletic President, former player Josu Urrutia, made capturing Aduriz’ one of his election points, and is said to be following up on that with what El Confidencial claims will be a €4m bid for the San Sebastian native.

Aduriz spent the first three years of his professional career with Athletic and their youth team, and a further three years scoring 22 goals between 2005 and 2008. However, he has refused to directly acknowledge his home-town club’s interest, instead confirming his commitment to Valencia.

Interestingly though, after scoring against PSV yesterday in Los Che’s first pre-season friendly of the summer, he admitted to feeling concerned about the club’s attempted negotiations to sign Lorient’s French striker Kevin Gamiero – the 24-year-old hitman eventually joining Paris-Saint Germain.

This, coupled with the fact Unai Emery is deploying a 4-3-3 system next term that will guarantee Aduriz will have to compete more often than play with Roberto Soldado, and that Aduriz spent a period of time towards the end of the season on the bench, it gives hope to Urrutia’s plans that Aduriz is attainable.

Urrutia, a midfielder with the Basque outfit for 15 years, has appointed Marcelo Bielsa as Coach – on another election point – and is thought eager to further appease his arrival with Aduriz, who Bielsa is understood to have agreed upon as a transfer target.

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