No Zubimendi? Surely Arsenal must now go all out for Bruno Guimaraes

Is Arsenal finally motivated to go all out for Bruno Guimaraes’ signature? I’m pretty sure they are, and here’s why:

Mikel Arteta is really interested in bringing in a top-notch midfielder, someone who many believe should be on par with or even surpass Thomas Partey. Back in April, journalist Charles Watts claimed that Zubimendi was the player Arteta believed would be the perfect successor to Partey.

Watts stated via Caught Offside that “Partey still has a year left on his deal, and, just like last summer, Arsenal would not stand in his way of leaving should a decent offer arrive for the Ghana international.

“Should that happen, then they would have to replace him, and Martin Zubimendi is a player they believe can play the Partey role.”

There were definitely other midfield options to consider, but it seems like the Real Sociedad star was Arsenal’s top pick for the summer. With that clear, it now looks like Arsenal might have a bit of a challenge closing the deal, despite many feeling they’d have easily afforded his £51 million release clause.

Apparently, once again, the Spaniard has turned down Arsenal, just like he did last year.
According to Sport, Zubimendi has made it clear that he has no plans to join Arsenal and would prefer to continue playing in La Liga. He’s apparently only willing to leave Real Sociedad for a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid. With Zubimendi’s rejection, Arsenal should undoubtedly intensify their efforts to sign Bruno Guimaraes.

Multiple reports have heavily linked the North Londoners with the Newcastle midfielder. Despite rumors suggesting they’re hesitant to trigger Guimaraes’ release clause, Arsenal’s decision to activate his £100 million release clause before the end of June shouldn’t come as a surprise, particularly given their lack of success in signing Zubimendi. Arsenal should consider strengthening their midfield and attack. Some may question the wisdom of spending £100 million on Guimaraes, but there are valid reasons to consider this investment.

Benjamin Sesko and Joshua Zirkzee are two strikers Arsenal is interested in, and they’re each going for less than £50 million. It may be wise to sign one of them and go for the £100 million Guimaraes deal. Arsenal could potentially close their main business; they could land a striker and a midfielder for £150 million and still have some spare change for other deals, such as a left back or a backup for Saka.
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  1. I really don’t see Arsenal getting a midfielder in the price mold of 100m after Rice. I think if Zubimendi isn’t realistic I will personally suggest Monaco ace Fofana. Fofana is as good as BrunoG if not better because he also score goals. France are known to produce good midfielders.

  2. Just buy Fofana and Thuram and leave Bruno alone although he would really be the best option after Zubimendi snub

  3. Rice was a superb buy. He was the right age, right experience – fifty international caps, just captained his side to the Conference League, years of premier league experience with no injuries. He was a brilliant defensive midfielder but Arteta saw more on his game and developed or. Also he is English and a real possibility to be the next captain – you pay a premium for that. Above all he really wanted to come to the club and has fitted in straight away.

    Bruno G is a very good player but not sure he matches all that so cannot see us paying £100m for someone who may not even be a starter if we sign a new striker and Havertz goes back into midfield.


  4. AFC could theoretically bring
    in Fofana, Andriga (Brighton)
    and Ferdi Kadıoğlu for the same
    money Newcastle is demanding
    for Bruno. Unless Edu is SERIOUS
    about binning a high number
    of valuable first team players
    (Zinny, ESR, Viera, Nkietah, Kivior,
    Ramsdale) to fundraise for the
    Brazilian I agree that either
    Fofana or Onana should be
    the choice to partner Rice in

    My dream window

    J Bakayoko—£50M
    D Doue—£35M
    O Diomunde—£50M

    £245M spent


    £215M recouped on players sales

    A net spend of appx £30M to have
    this squad in 2024/25


    1. Pple like you is the reason why pple laugh at Arsenal fans. This is not fantasy or football manager. We don’t need 7 players and we can’t sell 11 players. Fofana for £25m.? Come on bro. Still with FM.

  5. Fofana is quality addition, don’t get mugged by Newcastle and blow transfer kitty on 1 player.

    We can get Sesko, Fofana, and a fullback for the price of Guimaraes.

    Please, an adult in the room show common sense and value spending, not throwing 100 million at Guimaraes and have several holes remaining.

  6. Guimaraes is an awesome player but I am with the majority that we should look elsewhere. He would occupy the role that Rice played last season, and why I am not against this, as I think Bruno is a more technically gifted player than Rice and it would force Rice back into the holding midfielder role, I think we should try to find someone who will compliment the existing set-up not alter it. It’s for this reason I don’t think we should be looking for a new striker.

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