What’s the speak?
That’s in response to a latest report from Spain, who declare that, regardless of the Actual Sociedad central midfielder reportedly having rejected the prospect to hitch the Gunners after the Premier League facet provided to pay the 23-year-old’s £52.5m launch clause this winter, Mikel Arteta stays eager on a transfer for the Spain worldwide on the finish of the present marketing campaign.
Nevertheless, the report goes on to counsel that Arsenal will not be alone of their pursuit of the playmaker, with Xavi Hernandez reported to view Zubimendi because the inheritor to Sergio Busquets within the coronary heart of his Barcelona facet – with the LaLiga outfit additionally believed to be eager on a deal to deliver the Sociedad starlet to the Camp Nou in the summertime switch window.
Contemplating the sheer quantity of potential Zubimendi fairly clearly possesses, coupled with central midfield arguably being the world of Arteta’s squad that at present lacks probably the most energy in depth, it isn’t obscure why the Spaniard could be eager on a deal to deliver the midfielder to The Emirates on the finish of the season.
Certainly, over his 17 LaLiga appearances within the present marketing campaign, the £22m-rated expertise has been in sensational kind within the coronary heart of Imanol Alguacil’s facet, scoring one objective, registering two assists and creating two massive possibilities, along with making a median of 0.5 key passes, enjoying 2.1 lengthy balls and finishing 40.9 complete passes – at a hit charge of 85% – per sport.
The £50k-per-week wonderkid has additionally caught the attention in additional workmanlike metrics, making a median of 1.9 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.6 clearances and profitable 5.2 duels – at a hit charge of 59% – per match.
These returns have seen the 23-year-old – who reporter Jose Alberto Chozas dubbed “exciting” and journalist Jacque Talbot labelled “the new Busquets” – common a merely sensational Sofascore statistical ranking of 6.95, at present rating him as third-placed Sociedad’s sixth-best performer within the prime flight of Spanish soccer.
As such, with Zubimendi evidently being a midfielder who’s extremely artistic in possession, sturdy within the deal with and glorious at studying the sport, it’s simple to see why the teen has drawn comparisons to Barcelona legend Busquets, whereas it is usually not arduous to understand why Arteta could be eager so as to add the Spanish starlet to his midfield ranks in north London subsequent summer season.