Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi’s release clause is set to be paid by Arsenal as early as this month, according to Mundo Deportivo (via SportWitness).
The London powerhouses have been connected to a deal for the Spaniard for a while.
Despite their intense pursuit of him during the winter, the midfield player was determined to stay with the La Liga team.
Reiterating his desire to remain with the Basque group, he decided to stay with Sociedad last summer.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal is one of the teams willing to pay his £52 million release clause this month, and a number of other teams are also able to.
The 24-year-old would need to be convinced to break up with Sociedad, according to the source, which presents a challenge for the Gunners in their transfer quest.
Over the past 18 months, interest in Zubimendi has not decreased, Barcelona has been trying to persuade him, but they haven’t been successful.
The Gunners have experienced the same thing but will maje it a success to sign their Spanish compatriot this time around, since manager Miguel Arteta “really admires” him.
This season in the Spanish top league, Zubimendi has a respectable 86% passing completion percentage; nonetheless, his primary assets are his ball recoveries and aerial challenge victories.
This season, he has triumphed in 68% of Sociedad’s aerial duels.
He would be well suited to play for the Gunners in the defensive midfield position with these qualities.
If the clause in his contract is activated, Sociedad will be forced to sell him; nevertheless, a transfer would eventually require the player’s approval.
Given that he might decide to finish the season with his current club, Arsenal must now convince the player to transfer to the Emirates Stadium this month.