According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United and Barcelona are competing to sign Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.has attracted Barcelona’s attention as a potential Sergio Busquets replacement. Next summer will mark the end of the veteran Spanish midfielder’s deal with the Blaugrana, and he wants to leave the Nou Camp. Zubimendi, 23, has made 16 appearances, one goal, and two assists, and has helped Sociedad keep five clean sheets. Xavi admires him.
However, Erik ten Hag’s team has entered the competition for the Spanish player who progressed through the Reale Arena’s development divisions before making his debut in 2019. Christian Eriksen, a free agent, and Casemiro, a midfielder from Real Madrid, were brought to Old Trafford by Manchester United in the summer. But it seems like Ten Hag wants another defensive midfielder, and Zubimendi’s reputation as one of La Liga’s most promising players is growing.
In the Spanish league, the Sociedad player ranks sixth for blocked shots and seventh for tackles made inside his half. He typically tucks between the central defenders before assisting La Real in the forward transition. A new agreement between Zubimendi and Sociedad, which is set to expire in 2027, was just recently reached. There is a £54 million release clause in that agreement, and the La Liga team is anticipated to refuse to pay it.
Barcelona and Manchester United were drawn together in the Europa League knockout round, and their matchup is scheduled for February. Before Barca visits Old Trafford on February 23, the Red Devils travel to Nou Camp on February 16. Cristiano Ronaldo will be one player United would be without because the legendary forward and the team voluntarily decided to end his contract. With 20 goals and three assists in 34 appearances, the Portuguese player has an outstanding career record versus Barca.
In the 34 games versus the Catalan giants, Ronaldo was on the winning side 10 times, drew nine times, and lost 15 times. Without the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ten Hag’s team will have to improvise, and their attack is now limited. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are the two known attackers the United manager can deploy in the central striker position at this time.
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