Arsenal Ready to Trigger Zubimendi's £51m Release Clause
Arsenal is reportedly preparing to make a move for Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi. According to sources, the Gunners are willing to meet Zubimendi's release clause of £51m.
Mikel Arteta's Pursuit for Competition
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had previously expressed interest in signing Zubimendi as competition for Thomas Partey. However, a deal was not reached during the summer transfer window.
New Opportunity Arises
With doubts surrounding Partey's future amid reported interest from Juventus, Arsenal is looking to try their luck once again in signing Zubimendi.
Zubimendi's Playing Style and Comparison to Busquets
Zubimendi's style of play has drawn comparisons to Barcelona superstar Sergio Busquets. In an interview with The Guardian's Sid Lowe, Zubimendi spoke about his playstyle and how he aspires to reach the level set by Busquets.
"Us pivot midfielders have the bad luck that maybe we don't get recognized, but if you understand football you know Busquets' value. He's set the bar so high that pivots are asked to do things we weren't before. But that's nice: you have to aspire to that," Zubimendi said.
According to reports, Arsenal is close to triggering Zubimendi's release clause despite competition from Barcelona, who reportedly considers him a favorite. If the move goes through, it could provide Arsenal with a new edge in midfield. The Gunners are said to be aiming for a January transfer, possibly making room for Partey's departure during the same window.
Zubimendi played a crucial role in helping Real Sociedad secure qualification for the Champions League this season and has had a strong start to the current campaign.