Arsenal has been in the race for Real Sociedad’s talented midfielder Martín Zubimendi, with past windows indicating their interest.
Reports earlier this year even suggested that the Gunners faced rejection from the Spanish midfielder during the January transfer window.
The North London club continued to monitor the 24-year-old, expressing a keen desire to secure his services in the subsequent summer window.
In the latest developments, Sport has brought Arsenal back into the narrative, connecting the club with Barcelona’s interest in Zubimendi post this season.
The Spain international has emerged as the Catalans’ primary target for the upcoming summer transfer window. His current contract extends until 2027, safeguarded by a release clause set at €60 million.
Barcelona, led by sporting director Deco, is actively devising strategies to lure the talented midfielder to Camp Nou.
Despite being reportedly within Arsenal’s financial reach, Zubimendi, known for his calm demeanor, had previously rebuffed advances not just from Arsenal but also Bayern Munich during the summer.
Although the quoted release clause aligns with Arsenal’s potential financial commitments, Zubimendi’s contentment at Real Sociedad adds a layer of complexity for any interested club, including Barcelona, to secure his services.
The midfielder has openly expressed his satisfaction with life at Real Sociedad, hinting that his loyalty and happiness with the club could pose a challenge for potential suitors.
Furthermore, despite ongoing speculation in the Catalan media about Barcelona’s eagerness to sign him, Zubimendi has not actively pursued a move to the Catalan giants.
This lack of initiation on his part, coupled with his consistent commitment to Real Sociedad, suggests that any endeavor to entice the midfielder away will face considerable hurdles, adding an intriguing layer to the unfolding transfer saga.