Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger contacted Athletic Bilbao and asked to be kept informed of any developments, according to Marca. Feuling speculation that he will match any bid from other clubs.
The Spanish internationals current deal at Bilbao expires next summer and has publicly stated that he does not want to sign a new deal at the club. Leaving Athletic Bilbao with little choice but to sell the player in January or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Arsene is thought to be keen on bringing the striker to The Emirates amid fears that Robin Van Persie has not been adequately replaced. With new signing Olivier Giroud only finding the net once so far this season against West Ham