Arsenal close to reaching €65m agreement with 24-year-old La Liga star who Barcelona boss Xavi ‘loves’ – Reports

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Real Sociedad midfielder and Barcelona target Martin Zubimendi.

Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with Real Sociedad midfielder and Barcelona target Martin Zubimendi.

According to Spanish outlet Diario AS, the Gunners are interested in signing Sociedad’s 24-year-old midfield pivot Zubimendi in the summer transfer window. The Gunners currently lack options in that position and could do with a player of Zubimendi’s talents. It has been claimed that the Gunners have been in contact with Zubimendi’s agents and are now close to striking a deal with the midfielder’s camp.

Furthermore, it has been reported that Barcelona, who have long been linked with Zubimendi, have backed out of a move due to their complicated economic situation.

Renowned Spanish journalist Gerard Romero has claimed that the Blaugrana have now set their sights on Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat.

 

“A new pivot is a priority for Barça in summer, given Busquets’ possible departure,” said Romero (via BarcaTimes).

“Amrabat is the FIRST and most AFFORDABLE option. Xavi loves Zubimendi, but his signing is out of the club’s reach.”

In addition to Zubimendi, Arsenal have been linked with a move for West Ham United’s Declan Rice (via Sky Sports). However, Arsenal might hesitate to meet West Ham United’s astronomical £120 million valuation for the Englishman.

Zubimendi, who is valued at £34.80 million by Transfermarkt, could prove to be a more economical option.

 

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