Manchester United are ready to compete with Barcelona for the signing of Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, according to a new transfer rumour.
The Lowdown: Zubimendi shining for Sociedad
Zubimendi’s current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2027 but that hasn’t stopped interest from emerging, with the 23-year-old someone with a bright future.
He is believed to have a €60m (£51.5m) release clause and a fresh update suggests that Erik ten Hag could see the midfielder as a target for United.
The Latest: Man Utd eye up move
They are believed to be ‘following’ Zubimendi’s progress, as Erik ten Hag looks to further bolster his midfield options.
The Verdict: Good for midfield depth
Zubumendi could be someone who comes in as both an immediate and long-term addition at Old Trafford, as he continues to blossom into a top-class defensive midfielder.
Casemiro is 30 and won’t go on forever, while doubts remain of Fred and Scott McTominay’s worth, so he could be someone who becomes a regular over time.
To be compared to someone of Alonso’s legendary status says a lot about Zubimendi and he could add further defensive expertise and guile on the ball, having enjoyed an 84.5% pass completion rate and won an average of 2.4 aerial duels per game in the league this season.