Spanish side Real Unión have a ‘free hand’ to close a collaboration agreement with Aston Villa after terminating a similar arrangement with Real Sociedad.

That’s according to El Diario Vasco, who carry comments from president Igor Emery, the brother of Aston Villa manager Unai Emery.

The newspaper explains that Real Unión and Real Sociedad are ‘no longer agreed clubs’, with a previous agreement between the two sides having been terminated.

According to Igor Emery, who is the president of Real Unión, this is so they can develop their own strategy moving forwards, which appears to include a relationship with Aston Villa.

They now have a ‘free hand to close an agreement’ with them and ‘everything points’ that a deal will be done given their largest shareholder, Unai Emery, is in charge at Villa Park.

Igor has confirmed that they are “close” to an agreement with the Premier League side, although they are handling “different options”. He also added that the desire of everyone involved for the Txuribeltz is to “close a new agreement as soon as possible”.

In terms of the negotiations with Aston Villa, Emery clarified what they have spoken to their English counterparts about so far.

According to him, talks have only been “about that agreement” insisting that he has “seen things in recent days that are not true” and he doesn’t want to talk about them because they are “lies”.

What that is in relation to specifically isn’t mentioned but a report last week indicated the two clubs were set to finalise a deal, which may be what he is talking about.

Either way Real Unión are now free to negotiate anything they like, having closed their old agreement with Sociedad down.