Manchester United transfer news: Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report Martin Zubimendi’s preferred next step in his career is a move to the Premier League.

The report claims that amid interest from Barcelona, Zubimendi would rather leave Real Sociedad for a team in England.

Mundo Deportivo claimed in November that Manchester United were eyeing a move for the midfielder, who played against the Red Devils twice in the Europa League group stages.

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Zubimendi wants Premier League move

Martin Zubimendi has also been subject of interest from Arsenal, with Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claiming that an enquiry from the Gunners this month was knocked back.

Zubimendi has a £52 million release clause in his contract at Real Sociedad, with his deal running until 2027. He has one international cap for Spain.

The defensive midfielder is only 23. He would be an astute addition for Manchester United, who need to find a deputy for Casemiro.

Scott McTominay lacks the refinement to his game to successfully anchor the midfield, and United need to upgrade on him. Talksport report McTominay will be allowed to leave the club in the summer.

At it stands, both Manchester United and Real Sociedad are on course to finish in the top four in their respective leagues, with Zubimendi’s side third in La Liga.

He may be more inclined to stay if they do finish in the top four, but if Manchester United trigger his release clause, it is hard to see him snubbing the Red Devils.

This is just one to keep an eye on for the summer. Zubimendi has one goal and two assists this season for Sociedad, and is averaging 1.9 tackles per game, per WhoScored.

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