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Barcelona to offer player plus cash deal to Real Sociedad for Zubimendi

Julian Araujo

Reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes suggest Barcelona plans to disregard paying €60 million for Zubimendi. There is no way the Catalan giants can afford to activate the release clause on the Spanish midfielder. In addition, they are considering signing him from Real Sociedad for a player-plus-cash deal.

Among the best young midfielders in La Liga, Martin Zubimendi has made a name for himself lately. Having graduated from Real Sociedad’s academy, the 24-year-old has seen his career flourish. In addition, he has made his debut for the Spanish national team. His 125 appearances for Real Sociedad have yielded four goals and five assists.

Meanwhile, some high-profile clubs, including Barcelona, have taken notice of Zubimendi’s progress in recent years. In the coming months, Barcelona will outline a succession plan for Sergio Busquets. As the veteran midfielder approaches his middle ages, his glittering career is coming to an end. A transfer out of Spotify Camp Nou is also possible for the Barcelona captain in the summer.

Why are Barcelona desperate in signing a midfielder?

Franck Kessie has yet to stamp his authority since joining Barcelona last year. In the summer transfer window, the Catalans will need to strengthen its midfield. Among the potential targets is Zubimendi. He has a €60 million release clause, which presents FC Barcelona with a problem.

Barca cannot afford to pay €60 million for the Spaniard’s services. A player-plus-cash deal is expected from the club to sign the 24-year-old.

Barcelona have yet to decide on the player they will offer Real Sociedad. In the meantime, the club will face tough competition from Arsenal to sign Zubimendi. According to recent reports, Arsenal appear to be ahead of Barcelona in this race. However, it will be interesting to see whether Camp Nou will be able to sign the midfielder when the season ends.

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