Athletic is confident of closing Yuri Berchiche’s contract this weekend. Everything is pending that the club rojiblanco and PSG take to paper what they have spoken these days. The side, in the final stretch of a vacation that began knowing that the return would have to pack because he would not continue in the PSG that this course will lead Thomas Tuchel, will embark on a new project in the league after having played in First Division for Valladolid and Real Sociedad. Athletic has a lot of livestock to become the destination of that return, although there are other clubs that still maintain interest and that are in time to improve the offer to the French team.
The incorporation of the zarauztarra will bring consequences in the club, as much in the economic aspect as in the sports one. In the matter of treasury the amortization of the signing of Yuri -also of a transfer that seems to be around 20 million euros- will be broken down in the coming years. The first team will increase the salary mass since the side will become one of the highest paid players in the squad. Enter a step similar to that of Iñigo Martínez, signed in January paying his clause to the Royal Society to deal with the departure of Laporte to City, and his salary will be among the five reference team.
Sides to export
From the sporting side, the arrival of the PSG’s still side bolsters a position for which the club has already made two moves: in January he signed Ganea, in deferred since it delayed his arrival for six months, and in May he announced that Andoni López, left-back of Bilbao Athletic, will do the preseason with Berizzo. If Berchiche is at the lions’ start on July 9, there will be a jam on the left side of the defense with Zarautztarra, Balenziaga, Ganea and Andoni López. The latter is called to seek an assignment. The pre-season was going to put him on Berizzo’s radar, but with less competition than what is now presented.
Ganea, meanwhile, has in his favor the possibility of playing also as an inside while Balenziaga is the side that has played more minutes in recent seasons: praised by Valverde and respected by Ziganda -the two consider him an extraordinary defender- nobody He thinks that they will show him the exit door of the dressing room but that he will have to make a competition with which they are convinced that the team and the players will win.
Athletic returns to training in less than a month and the only certainty in the rojiblanca goal is that the number 1 will go through Kepa. What happens from there is still an unknown. Herrerín has gone on vacation with a pending talk with technician and club to know what his projects are since he has offers from the League and the Premier, which he would be willing to accept if he does not find a fight of equals in Bilbao.The goalkeeper is on vacation in San Francisco with his partner and last weekend made a visit to Peña Athletic de California. He brought gifts and posed with the fans dressed in different rojiblancos motives. “I’m from Athletic to death, play where I play,” he said at the end of the League while acknowledging that he had to talk to the club to discuss his future. “I want to enjoy football with a machete and playing regularly,” he said.
The heater of the goal continues with Remiro. The goalkeeper who has enjoyed the promotion of the Huesca is on vacation, although his representative negotiates the conditions for a contract extension. The club considers the signature non-negotiable and then deal with its assignment. The Navarre has proposals from different First Clubs, but Athletic has not given the ok to anything.
The third party is Unai Simón, who also has his agent negotiating a contract extension. The sub21 international points to an assignment in the Second Division although everything will depend what happens with those who have ahead in the ranks.
The European circuit is more than football. Athletic is preparing for a year watching the Europa League on television. It will be a strange course after appearing among the top 35 teams on the continent in the UEFA ranking. Watching the Europa League at a distance will be more than a sports problem since the club will stop entering a millionaire.
In the last two seasons, Athletic had received around 25 million euros thanks to its performance in the competition. And it is still to be computed what this course will take, which is expected between 10 and 12 million joining the revenues of the tournament and the market pool.
There is no budget item capable of equaling what the entity will lose due to its non-classification. The drop in the collection bag will force a budgetary adjustment. And it will also question the attainment of benefits for the 2018-19 season, whose accounts will fall on the results of the Directive that will prevail in the elections to be held with the entry of next year. The annual balances during the Urrutia stage have stood out for offering positive numbers that will not be possible without entering European competition.
The next exercise will compute renewals and signings (those made and those that will come), which always mean an increase in spending. The first assembly of the new Board – whether new or related to the one it now governs – will be with the inherited numbers.
10 kilos without show
In the last 10 years, Athletic has received almost 70 million euros for their European appearances, leaving the season that with Valverde was competed in the Champions as the most productive to raise 25 million euros. A budget without continental income options is a lame budget because, except for television revenues, there is no such item.
In a European season without great fanfare – the previous season Athletic went through the group stage and stayed in the round of sixteen – the club received 9.5 million euros for UEFA. It is almost double the amount estimated for the marketing of the VIP ring of San Mamés, with an expectation of 5 kilos.