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Real Sociedad hoping Martin Zubimendi’s high release clause will dissuade Manchester United from January transfer

A leaky defense and poor midfield struggled United last season as they finished sixth in the Premier League.

It required an overhaul and successful Ajax manager Eric ten Haag was given the difficult task of restoring United to their former glory.

The Dutchman got down to business quickly and one of his first decisions was to sign several defenders and midfielders as he tried to build a strong backbone.

Lots of money has been spent improving the midfield as the introduction of multiple Champions League winner Casemiro from Real Madrid and free agent Christian Eriksen has remedied the team’s lack of creativity in the center of the park.

Midfielder search

However, with both players currently in their 30s and Fred’s future hanging in the balance, further midfield additions are needed with the Dutchman struggling to find the perfect target.

Big names like Frenkie de Jong, Jude Bellingham and Moises Caicedo have been on tour since the summer.

The latest to join the list is Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi, who the Dutch boss fell in love with after two Europa League group stage clashes with the Spanish side.

as previously stated the common peopleBarcelona are also in contention for the 23-year-old, with Xavi keen to add to the midfield.

According to Spanish media, World A Coruña, there is a sense of uneasy calm at the club surrounding Zubimendi’s future.

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Real Madrid realized that if United chose to go all-in with the midfielder, a transfer would be the most natural outcome.

But they believe the player’s €60m release clause is enough to halt progress for now. The club see United as the only suitor as Barcelona continue to struggle with financial difficulties.

Club president Jokin Aperribay insisted that Martin “has many opportunities to leave, but he wants to stay at Real Madrid and be a fundamental pillar”.

Club DoF Roberto Olabe revealed he was “happy and at peace” with the situation and agreed the release clause was “a deterrent”.

He added that by signing a contract extension tying him to the club until 2027, Zubimendi “expressed” his desire to stay at the club.

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