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Spanish star rules out summer move amid interest from Barcelona and Arsenal

24-year-old Martín Zubimendi is a shining example of the youth development sector that continues to turn out gifted players in Basque Country, with that connection coming to the fore regarding the future of the Spanish international midfielder


Few regions in Spain, or anywhere in Europe, have picked up the knack for player development better than Basque Country.

Through two storied production houses Athletic Club, and Real Sociedad, a nearly endless procession of top-level players has emerged to take the Spanish footballing world by storm, while others still went on to dominate the scene in England, Germany, and Italy. 24-year-old Sociedad star midfielder Martín Zubimendi is another on that list.

A son of San Sebastian and a “lifer” at Sociedad, Zubimendi has emerged as an elite-level talent across the last three seasons at Anoeta Stadium, and unsurprisingly, interest in him has grown exponentially across the 2022-23 campaign where the local boy has been a key factor in Sociedad’s push for a return to the Champions League for the first time in a decade.

Both Barcelona and Arsenal have been reportedly on the hunt to secure Zubimendi’s signature in the upcoming summer window, but for the player himself, the possibility of moving away from his club, and city, are off the table.

Reports from yesterday detailed the reality that Zubimendi was out of Barça’s reach in the summer, but Arsenal and boss Mikel Arteta were seriously considering a move for the player as the club looks to bring in considerable reinforcements to continue their push for Premier League honors while hoping to leapfrog Manchester City.

Arteta and club technical director Edu Gaspar are expected to bring in key signings at center-back, forward, and in the midfield engine room. Midfield is a particular need in the summer after the Gunners were exposed for their lack of depth a number of times during the current campaign, and with the return of Champions League football to north London, improved depth in quality in the middle of the park is of vital importance.

Missing out on Zubimendi is set to be a considerable blow, but links persist with the likes of Declan Rice and Moisés Caicedo, as well as a number of other potential targets.


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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.


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