Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will always have a special affinity with San Sebastian in Spain, given that it was his birthplace and also where he took his first steps in football, alongside Xabi Alonso at Antiguoko.
Later, during his professional career, he also spent half a season at Real Sociedad before moving on to Everton and then Arsenal.
It’s no secret that his old side have a played that he has long admired, but until now, it appears that Martin Zubimendi has been steadfast in his desire to stay at the Basque giants.
That could finally be about to change this summer with Anfield Watch/Football Transfers reporting that Liverpool are ready to battle the Gunners for the 25-year-old midfielder’s signature.
His €60m/£51m release clause will still apply, so any club that will try and persuade him to ditch La Liga for the Premier League won’t get him on the cheap.
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It’s believed that Barcelona have also long held an interest in the player, given that his natural game is akin to that of former ace, Sergio Busquets.
The summer could certainly provide one of the biggest transfer tug of war’s we’ve seen in a while, and whomever is lucky enough to land the player, should he accept a move elsewhere, surely won’t regret their purchase of an incredible player that isn’t yet in his prime.
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Author : Jason Pettigrove
Publish date : 2024-02-09 07:40:35
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