REPORT: Arsenal Still ‘In The Front Row’ To Secure £51M Transfer Despite Interest From 2 Italian Giants

Arsenal remain in the driving seat to sign Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, according to

The Italian website has confirmed that AC Milan have a “strong interest” in the Spanish international, while Juventus are also keeping tabs on the player.

However, Zubimendi won’t be allowed to leave his current team for less than his current €60m (£51m) release clause.

Calciomercato report that figure has priced both Milan and Juve out of the race, with the Gunners staying “in the front row” for the 25-year-old’s signature.

What do Arsenal fans need to know about Zubimendi?

The Spaniard came through Real Sociedad’s academy, making 50 appearances for the club’s B team in the Spanish lower leagues before making his debut for the senior side against Getafe in April 2019.

Zubimendi has subsequently gone on to play 185 games for Sociedad, as well as being capped by Spain on four occasions. He is a holding midfield player by trade, known for controlling the game from a deep-lying position with his passing.

The Gunners may have to sell before buying the midfielder

Currently, there isn’t a lot of space in the first-team squad for a player like Zubimendi. Jorginho’s contract does expire at the end of the season but his strong performances in recent weeks have prompted reports that the Italian could be offered an extension.

The possible departure of Thomas Partey could free up a place, but a lot may depend on where manager Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu decide to put the most resources.

It is believed the club also want to sign a new No.9 and, if they spend £50m+ on Zubimendi, the budget may not stretch far enough for a striker like Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. Player sales may be needed before the Real Sociedad star can be snapped up.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.