Manchester United are ‘willing to pay Martin Zubimendi’s £51.4m release clause’ after coming up against the Real Sociedad star in the Europa League this season… but they ‘could face competition from Barcelona’ with the Spanish giants also circling
Manchester United are willing to pay Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi’s release clause, according to reports.
The Red Devils strengthened their midfield options last summer with the signings of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro.
But manager Erik ten Hag is keen on signing more players in the position and Zubimendi is the latest target, according to Spanish outlet AS.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi
The 23-year-old has a £51.4million release clause which United are willing to activate, with Barcelona also interested in the player.
Zubimendi has impressed for Sociedad since breaking into the first team in the 2019-20 season from the club’s youth set-up.
He can play as a defensive midfielder, a position he usually takes up for the Spanish side, as well as a more advanced role.
The Spain international (right) has a £51.4m release clause his contract expires in 2025
Zubimendi has averaged nearly two tackles and one interception per game so far this season, impressing with his ability to win aerial duels.
United were able to watch Zubimendi, whose contract expires in 2025, twice this season when they took on Sociedad twice in the group stage of the Europa League.
With Fred’s contract expiring in the summer, United will likely be on the market for another midfielder to challenge first choice options Eriksen and Casemiro.
Barcelona are also keen on Zubimendi as a replacement veteran for Sergio Busquets
Barcelona are also said to be keen on Zubimendi as a replacement for veteran Sergio Busquets, whose contract expires in the summer.
But the Catalan club’s spending is set to be limited as they continue to struggle financially despite their heavy spending in the last transfer window.
As well as strengthening their midfield, United are said to be prioritising attackers, with PSV and Holland star Cody Gakpo heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford