In the past couple of weeks, Martin Zubimendi has been touted as the potential successor to Sergio Busquets, who has been linked with a move to the MLS (Major League Soccer) next season.
However, it has been reported that Barcelona’s aim to complete a deal for the 23-year old may go in vain, with him set to pen a contract extension with Real Sociedad. As per as credible a source within the club as possible, the news seems to be true.
According to the latest information provided by Edicion Gipuzkoa, Sociedad president, Jokin Aperribay has confirmed that Zubimendi will sign a brand-new contract with the club.
Going by recent reports, it has been speculated that the Spaniard will sign a two-year extension with his boyhood club, with the plan in place for him to stay put till 2027.
Ultimately, this is unwelcome news for Barça, considering the in-demand operator is regarded as one of La Liga’s best defensive midfielders.
Since breaking into Real Sociedad’s first team in fact, the San Sebastian-born midfielder’s performances have generated a ton of interest for all the right reasons.
However, Zubimendi’s commitment to Sociedad will not stop Barcelona in their tracks to pinpoint a brand-new number six next term, in case Busquets bids farewell to the club.
Vasco da Gama wonderkid Andrey Santos, likened to the Blaugrana legend has been likened to the World Cup winner and has been rumoured to be tempted by a move to Europe.
Furthermore, the club could find an in-house solution as well, with Nico Gonzalez potentially operating as the single pivot after impressing on loan at Valencia.
Another name that could be earmarked as Barcelona’s future defensive midfielder is reportedly Frenkie de Jong, provided he agrees to take a wage cut.