Arsenal £52m midfield target responds to transfer rumours

Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi has been the subject of transfer rumours over the last few months with Arsenal and Barcelona linked with the highly regarded midfielder.

The 25-year-old has had another impressive season with Sociedad, putting himself in contention for a spot in Spain’s squad for the upcoming Euros. His consistent performances have caught the attention of several top clubs across Europe.

Arsenal was linked with Zubimendi in January but nothing materialised, however, with the potential departure of Jorginho and Thomas Partey, Arsenal’s interest in Zubimendi has been reignited.

Barcelona has also expressed a keen interest in the midfielder. Xavi has reportedly identified Zubimendi as a key target for the upcoming transfer window.

Zubimendi has a reported release clause of £52.6 million, making him an attractive prospect for clubs looking to strengthen their midfield. Aside from Arsenal and Barcelona, Bayern Munich has also been linked with the midfielder.

The midfielder has finally broken his silence on the rumours and said, as quoted by Marca,

“They are just rumours. I am happy at Real Sociedad; it is like my home. I cannot say that I will play my entire career at Real Sociedad, perhaps the club won’t want me to continue in the future. But I do not concern myself with these rumours.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Zubimendi is definitely talented and his release clause is within Arsenal’s reach and despite what he is saying, if Arsenal meets his release clause there is every reason to believe he will be a Gunner next season. He would certainly be a good replacement for either Jorginho or Partey.

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  1. He would be a great player for us by the looks of it. However, to me, not unlike Vlahovic, I really get the feeling the player is not keen to come to Arsenal, in which case it makes no sense to go for him. You don’t want to have to convince a player to join your club.

    OT: Am I the only one a bit worried by the prospect of us signing Zirkzee as our big name striker? I am sure it might just be rumours, but let’s say he is the striker we buy, I would be disappointed.

    1. I don’t think you are the only one concerned about Zirkzee.

      Massive amount of money for a striker with such a low conversion rate, I don’t think he is an upgrade in terms of goals.

      I commented in another article that I’m not convinced Arsenal are going for a top striker to be a starter and score 18-20 goals in the PL.

      IMHO I think Arteta likes Havertz as the striker and has no plans to move him to the bench.

      I think any striker will be a backup, not a starter. A replacement for Nketiah, not someone like Gyokeres or a finisher like Gimenez.

      Sorry but I’m doubtful Arteta benches Havertz for a top striker.

      Otherwise Havertz never starts. He is not a winger, Odegaard is miles better, and Havertz in midfield unbalances the team and he has been average to poor as an 8.

      Zubimendi or another midfielder walks into the lineup, so Havertz only starts as a 9, striker is only place he starts.

  2. By the look of it, it seems he is happy at Real Sociedad. Arsenal will have to look at other options like Douglas Luiz or Bruno Guimaraes.

  3. If I were Arteta l would go for either Luiz or Guimaraes then sign Zirkzee to compete with Haverts for the striking role,then bring a natural leftback,I think that squad is good enough to compete for trophies

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