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Barcelona Eager To Recruit This La Liga Midfielder: Good Option For Xavi?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail mentioned that Barcelona are eager to recruit Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi. It has been claimed that the Catalan giants are keen on securing the services of the Spanish talent in this off-season.

Zubimendi’s Decent Form In Spanish Football

The 24-year-old is having a solid campaign in La Liga as he has produced a series of impressive performances at the centre of Real Sociedad’s midfield. Zubimendi has made 40 appearances for the Spanish outfit this season, netting one goal and picking up three assists across all fronts.

The Spanish sensation has anchored the midfield with conviction based on his average of 1.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after making 84.9% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Zubimendi is under contract at Sociedad until the summer of 2027. Thus, Barcelona will have to make a sizable offer if they want to land the Spanish midfield ace.

Martin Zubimendi
PAMPLONA, SPAIN – APRIL 28: Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad battles for possession with Aimar Oroz of CA Osasuna during the LaLiga Santander match between CA Osasuna and Real Sociedad at El Sadar Stadium on April 28, 2023 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Is Zubimendi A Good Option For Barcelona Boss Xavi?

Zubimendi is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team at the centre of the park. He doesn’t mind clearing the danger when needed and has got the eye to create some decent plays for others around him.

The Spanish sensation is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also operate as a box-to-box midfielder if asked to do so.

We can expect Zubimendi to add more bite and steel to Barcelona head coach Xavi’s midfield and might even serve as an ideal, long-term successor to Sergio Busquets at the Nou Camp.

With all things considered, Zubimendi will be a great option for Barca to consider during this summer transfer period. At 24, the Spaniard has his best years ahead of him and has got enough experience in La Liga to make an instant impact for the Catalan club next season.

Zubimendi has what it takes to help Barcelona challenge for even more major trophies over the next decade, so Xavi would be wise to try everything he can to land him soon.

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