“My Understanding…” – Romano Claims Arsenal Could Still Snap Up £51M Rated La Liga Star This Summer

The future of Arsenal target Martin Zubimendi has still not been resolved, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

It has been suggested that the Real Sociedad midfielder won’t be moving teams this summer but, writing in his Daily Briefing column, Romano said:

“Some outlets are now stating that he is unlikely to leave Real Sociedad as he is happy and settled in his hometown and not looking to leave the Basque region.”

“However, my understanding remains is that this is not decided yet. Zubimendi’s future, his decision, is still not clear yet – it remains an open situation, and he has a €60m release clause.”

Will Arsenal make a move for Zubimendi?

The fact that the 25-year-old has a €60m (£51m) buyout clause in his contract means that the Gunners can choose to trigger it at any time but there are still several question marks about the deal.

Even if we assume Zubimendi is interested in a switch to the Emirates, manager Mikel Arteta needs to decide what type of midfielder he wants to sign.

With Declan Rice having played both as a No.6 and No.8 during his first season at the club, there has to be clarity on the England international’s position before they then look for someone who can complement him.

Zubimendi has played mostly as an anchor man for Real Sociedad, in the mould of Jorginho. Do the Gunners need another player who is similar to the Italian?

A lot could depend on Thomas Partey

The Ghanaian international has a year left on his current deal and it is believed that Arsenal would be open to selling him if bids are made.

However, if there are no suitors for Partey, there may not be room for another midfielder in the squad. Investing £51m in a player like Zubimendi, when, Arteta has plenty of other options in the middle of the park, may not be the wisest of investments.

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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.