Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimedi is said to have rejected Arsenal despite their readiness to match his release clause. Spain international wants to stay with his childhood club and will turn off the chance to win the Premier League this season. The Gunners are five points clear at the top of the table, and Mikel Arteta’s side is thriving right now, looking strong in all departments and establishing themselves as title contenders.
Arsenal rejected £53m Camavinga alternative despite La Liga club’s approval
However, the club is eager to bolster its chances with additions this month. To cover for Gabriel Jesus’ injury, the north London club has recruited Leandro Trossard from Brighton in a deal worth up to £27 million. They are also on track to get defensive cover in the form of Jakub Kiwior, who has impressed for Spezia in Italy and is regarded as a top potential. On the other hand, Arteta is still looking to improve his options in the centre of the field, with Cadena Ser suggesting that his side has already been rejected by Zubminendi this month.
The club approached Sociedad to express their interest in the 23-year-old midfielder but was told they would not entertain any offers for their player. Instead, Arsenal was told they could only sign the midfielder if his £53 million release clause was activated, which was an option. The Gunners told Zubminedi’s entourage that they were willing to buy their client out of his contract but were met with a firm ‘he is not interested’ response.
The midfielder wants to stay with Sociedad until the summer at the earliest, with his contract expiring in 2027 after signing an extension at the Reale Arena until then. After dropping their interest in Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and emphasizing West Ham captain Declan Rice as a summer target, Arsenal is left wondering who to turn to next.