Arsene Wenger helps scupper club's double deal including Javi Martinez

Transfer windows come and transfer windows go but what always remains is the Nacho Monreal to Athletic Club Bilbao story. He'll move there one day, the Spanish media are convinced of it, and we'd probably side with them on that, but the question of when that one day is unknown by everyone involved.

Spanish newspaper AS say in their Tuesday edition that Arsenal helped scupper a double transfer deal this summer for Athletic Club Bilbao. Not only were they wanting to sign Monreal, but also hoping to get Javi Martinez from Bayern Munich. 

That's some ambition right there.

The idea was that the two Basque boys would be brought back to their home region and help fire Athletic Club to Champions League qualification. After several years during which they'd lost their best players, say AS, Athletic Club were ready for a raid on the market.

It's claimed that right at the end, having left some possible hope of a transfer, Arsene Wenger said no and that was that. It's always Wenger, rather than Arsenal more generally, where the blame is sent over failed Monreal pursuits.

Now at least Athletic Club have two names on their agenda, with Martinez joining Monreal, the ire for failed Athletic Club transfers can be more evenly spread out. 

AS say that the Basque team thought they could get Martinez for as little as €10m, but Bayern Munich wanted €24m (in claims picked up from Onda Cero). Martinez himself also wasn't quite ready to return home just yet.

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