According to Mundo Deportivo (via Mirror), Manchester United are keeping an eye on Real Sociedad star Martin Zubimendi, who is also being pursued by La Liga giants Barcelona..
The Red Devils are willing to compete with the Blaugrana for the 23-year-old midfielder. His performances have piqued the interest of top clubs all over Europe. Xavi Hernandez, the manager of the Catalan club, is a big fan of the youngster.
Zubimendi, on the other hand, recently signed a new contract with La Real. His current contract has been extended until 2027.
However, it also includes a €60 million release clause, which will be increased to €65 million if a team decides to move in January..
The 23-year-old has progressed through Sociedad’s youth ranks. And the midfielder will have his breakout season in 2020/21. The Spain international has appeared in 16 games for the Basque Country club this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists.
Zubimendi has typically played at La Real in the number six position. This season, he played the full 90 minutes in both Europa League group stage matches between Manchester United and Sociedad.
United strengthened their midfield in the recent transfer window by bringing in two 30-year-old midfielders, Christian Eriksen and Casemiro..
Under Erik ten Hag, the duo was crucial, but it’s never a bad thing to future-proof the team.
The former Real Madrid star has clearly strengthened the engine room. His defensive abilities have strengthened us. And the Brazilian has thrived despite being kept out of the starting lineup at first.
Other midfield options include Fred, Scott McTominay, and Donny
van de Beek. In the engine room, however, the trio of Casemiro, Eriksen, and Bruno Fernandes has been the preferred trio.
However, when it comes to the middle of the park, most Red Devils fans lack bench strength. And if he is signed, Zubimendi would appear to add youth and quality to United’s midfield..
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