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Arsenal are really determined to sign Zubimendi, Arteta is a keen admirer

Arsenal are very interested in signing Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi during the summer transfer window, according to The Athletic.

The Gunners will likely recruit a new defensive midfielder, with Thomas Partey likely to be sold.

Partey has been injury-prone during his four seasons at the club. With his contract expiring in June next year, the hierarchy could be prepared to sell him.

Arsenal are reportedly determined to sign Zubimendi, and manager Mikel Arteta is a keen admirer of his Spanish compatriot.

However, they face difficulty persuading Zubimendi to join them. His contract has a £50 million release clause, but he has shown no desire to move.

Arsenal should not be dragged into long transfer saga

Partey had another injury-plagued campaign for the Gunners. He had to wait until early April to make his first start of the year in the Premier League.

The Ghanaian has missed over 70 games during his time at the club and a summer sale could be on the cards instead of losing him for free next year.

Zubimendi would be a quality signing with his excellent distribution, close ball control and aerial presence.

However, there has been no indication that the Spaniard would prefer a new challenge away from his boyhood club in the upcoming window.

The 25-year-old previously said he has no reason to leave the La Liga outfit unless the board sanctions his departure.

Arsenal should avoid being dragged into a protracted transfer saga for him. They need to move on if he does not wish to part ways with Sociedad.

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