Written by Patrick Echatah
Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi has regularly been linked with Barcelona recently, with the Catalan giants thought to be considering bringing him in to replace Sergio Busquets.
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However, the latest reports from Spanish media outlets suggests that the 23-year-old midfielder could be about to renew his contract with Real Sociedad.
According to multiple reports from El Diario Vasco Zubimendi is “close” to a new deal after months of negotiations. The midfielder’s new contract will run until 2027 and will see his buyout clause increased.
Zubimendi’s current release clause is just €60 million but it seems almost certain that will rise given the reported interest in the midfielder.
Barcelona have been linked with plenty of midfielders, but it’s Zubimendi and Ruben Neves whose names keep on cropping up.
However, it’s still not clear if Busquets will leave when his contract expires in the summer. The 34-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to MLS but has said while on Spain duty he has not made his mind up yet.
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Spanish giants Barcelona have had a problematic international break with injuries but were able to welcome back three key players on Monday for training.
In a session, Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, and Andreas Christensen all participated after returning from their respective national teams.
All three players being healthy and ready would please Xavi, especially because Dembele missed time with France due to a calf injury. Barca will also require Christensen after Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde suffered injuries.
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