Barcelona Transfer News: Mundo Deportivo claims that Manchester United will compete with Barcelona for the services of Martin Zubimendi. Despite this, Real Sociedad is hopeful that they will be able to keep the midfielder through the winter transfer window.
Xavi has decided to replace Sergio Busquets with defensive midfielder Nicolas Zubimendi. The Catalans are looking to replace the veteran, whose contract will expire in the summer of 2023, and the ace from La Real is at the top of their want list.
Zubimendi has been questioned several times about Barcelona’s interest in him, so he is well aware of it. But he has just signed a new contract with Sociedad that will keep him there until 2027.
His release clause of €60 million was kept intact, however, although the extension certainly implies Sociedad will not preserve any space for bargaining.
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Ruben Neves, a midfielder for Wolverhampton Wanderers, is also on Barça’s radar. His contract expires in the summer of 2024, making him simpler to acquire than Zubimendi.
Because of this, Wolves may be compelled to sell the Portuguese star at a bargain price. Although Joan Laporta has high regard for Neves, Xavi does not see him as a top candidate for the defensive midfield position. The Barcelona veteran favours Zubimendi and has made his views plain to the management.
In addition, he is attempting to persuade Busquets to prolong his contract, despite the fact that the player plans to depart for the MLS this coming summer.
Currently, Zubimendi is a first-choice starter for a Sociedad club that is in the mix for a Champions League spot next season. Should he sign with Manchester United, he would face stiff competition for playing time from Casemiro, who has been outstanding in the previous month.
No matter what happens, this tale will continue to unfold until the winter transfer window, even if a move away from Spain looks improbable unless someone activates his buy-out clause.
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