Miquel linked with Espanyol move


Ignasi Miquel is being linked with a move back to Spain with reported interest from Espanyol.

Esport360.com claim the Barcelona side will look to bring him back home after his contract with the Gunners ran out this summer.

However, there is some uncertainty there, as the former Cornella player was not on the list of departures the the club released last month. Whether they’re trying to extend his deal, or if he’s got another year left, is unclear, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to move on this summer either way.

Transfermarkt lists his contract expiry as 2014, but in many cases these are estimates and guesses and shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

A loan spell at Leicester City last season saw him make 12 appearances for the Foxes but he was unable to secure and hold down a first team place, making it very unlikely that he’s ready for first team football with Arsenal. The other issue, as noted by our youth correspondent Jeorge Bird, is that at 22 years of age, he would have to be named in the Gunners 25 man squad to be eligible for the Premier League this season.

It would also be something of a stretch to make him ready for La Liga, but Espanyol are in the market for a defender and Miquel, who can also play at left-back, has a versatility which makes him attractive to potential suitors.

With doubts over the future of Thomas Vermaelen, who has just 12 months left on his deal, a centre-half really should be on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list this summer, but even so it’s hard to envisage an Emirates future for the young Spaniard.

(For what it’s worth Ignasi reported for training this morning at London Colney and can be seen here sporting the new Puma training top)

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