Arsenal’s flamboyant Spanish play-maker Fran Mérida will join Real Sociedad on loan tomorrow as long as Arsène Wenger sanctions the conditions of the transfer.
Mérida’s agent Joseba Diaz – who also represents defender Ignasi Miquel – claims he has held positive meetings with Sociedad president Iñaki Badiola, who is keen for Fran to return to his home-land and help spear-head Real’s promotion back to La Liga.
“The agreement with Real and the player himself with Arsenal is total, “We only need Arsene Wenger, he is the head of it all, to give the go-ahead to Fran’s departure.
“Arsenal and their own scout Francis Cagigao look very favourably at the operation.”
Fran played an hour for Arsenal’s Reserves on Tuesday evening in a friendly, as looked like he had taken a lot from his time with the Basque outfit. The majority of fans believe the Spaniard should stay and fight for his place in London, but the management appears to have other ideas.
Should Wenger give his blessings for the deal, Diaz claims he will travel to Spain to wrap up the deal (Medical) as the contract is also agreed.
“I think this issue cannot be expected to last longer than tomorrow. We have to solve it this week. I hope to be given the go-ahead by Wenger in the next few hours but I cannot assure you of this because it is something that does not depend on me.”
“What depends on me is negotiating Fran’s contract and this is already done.”
The Spanish Under 19 International signed a new four year deal with the club before the end of the season, but Sociedad want the Gunners to allow the chance to sign him for around £3 million should they gain promotion.
One key principle to any transfer would be manager Juanma Lillo, he made Fran the key part of his side towards the end of the season but is reported to be set for a move to Barcelona as number two to Pep Guardiola.
Article By – J.Sanderson