Arsenal willing to pay £51m for ‘extraordinary’ midfielder who Xavi adores

Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay a whopping £51 million to sign Spanish midfielder Martin Zubimendi from Real Sociedad.

Arsenal are set for a busy January with various potential incomings and outgoings expected. One position which has long been a reported priority is centre-midfield.
Mikel Arteta‘s side may boast some of the best midfield options in the league throughout the first-team squad, but he isn’t content as another is heavily linked.

The name commonly mentioned is Spanish star Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad, with Arsenal’s interest believed to have remained beyond the summer.

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According to Sport, The Emirates side were key in Barcelona’s failure to sign Zubimendi last summer with Arteta’s side willing to splash £51 million on the midfielder, which the Catalan side weren’t.

Zubimendi decided that the time wasn’t right to make a move despite his release cause being met. He was believed to have been keen on experiencing Champions League football with Sociedad.
Sport then continued to explain the one big question currently surrounding Zubimendi and his potential transfer.

They mention that Arsenal will be aware of the situation and it was be interesting to see if they return for the Spaniard in either of the upcoming windows.

Zubimendi would be an ‘extraordinary’ signing for Arsenal

When one of the greatest midfielders of all time gives his approval to a midfielder, you know he’s a good one. That’s exactly what Xavi gave Zubimendi earlier this year.

“I consider Zubimendi as an an extraordinary pivot, top player. He understands the game very well, he dominates with and without the ball.
Zubimendi plays the kind of football that we like here at Barça, it’s our style.”

In a midfield with Martin Odegaard and Declan Rice, Zubimendi would have the quality partners he deserves and it arguably would become the leagues standalone best trio.


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