Arsenal and Barcelona to fight over £53 million player

Martin Zubimendi, a midfielder for Real Sociedad, is said to be open to going to the Premier League this summer despite interest from FC Barcelona and a rejected offer from Arsenal in January.

After finding that Real Sociedad’s outstanding player Martin Zubimendi is willing to leave, Arsenal has intensified its efforts to sign him later this year.

The 23-year-old has made a name for himself as a key member of Sociedad’s squad, which is presently enjoying a strong third-place finish in La Liga.

After numerous inspiring performances, the player is regarded by many as the best in his position in this season’s competition.

He has been closely associated with a move to Manchester United because of his performance, and Erik ten Hag is a major fan.

Zubimendi excelled in both of Sociedad’s games against the Red Devils in the Europa League earlier this season, helping to advance his cause.

This month, Mikel Arteta has been widely reported to be looking for a replacement midfielder.

The Arsenal manager wants Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey to have competition and cover.

An article on Sunday stated they had triggered Zubimendi’s £53 million (€60 million) exit clause since he was their top priority.

The former Spain international has made it clear to technical director Edu that he has no plans to leave the Basque side during the winter transfer window.

They are now six points behind Barcelona in the race for the championship.

Many believe that Sociedad’s best chance to end their 41-year championship drought in Spain is during this current campaign.

Barcelona is also interested in Zubimendi.

The midfielder reportedly told Edu during negotiations that he prefers a transfer to the Premier League, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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