Martin Zubimendi will likely sign a new contract with Real Sociedad, with the 23-year-old Spanish international uninterested in joining Barcelona.

According to Spanish outlet Carrusel Deportivo, Martin Zubimendi has handed Barcelona a blow in his pursuit. The 23-year-old Spanish international will sign a new deal with Real Sociedad and does not wish to join Barcelona anytime soon. He will instead prioritise joining a foreign club if he leaves La Real.

Martin Zubimendi has made significant progress since joining Real Sociedad over a decade ago. The Spaniard made his first-team debut for the Basque outfit as a 20-year-old in 2019. But despite being a late bloomer, he has taken no time to establish himself as a pivotal figure for La Real.

The 23-year-old has turned out over 100 times for Real Sociedad and is one of the first names on the team sheet at the Reale Arena. At the same time, Zubimendi has established a foothold in the Spanish national team and might fancy his chances of going to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He has also captured the attention of several European bigwigs, including Barcelona.

The interest from Barcelona dates back to the early days of the summer transfer window. But the Blaugrana focused on landing Franck Kessie in a Bosman move instead of pursuing Zubimendi. However, with Sergio Busquets in the twilight of his career, the Catalan giants are laying down a succession plan for the veteran midfielder.

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Zubimendi has thus emerged as one of the candidates to replace Busquets next summer. The 23-year-old Spanish international is already settled in La Liga and might not take long to acclimatise at Camp Nou. In addition, the player will also bolster Barcelona’s Spanish core.

But Zubimendi remains committed to Real Sociedad and will soon sign a new contract with La Real. At the same time, the Spaniard does not have much interest in joining Barcelona. And he will only join a foreign club if he leaves the Basque club in the future.

So Barcelona will likely have to identify alternatives to Zubimendi as their search for Busquets’s successor continues. Ruben Neves is another candidate on Barcelona’s radar. And it will be interesting to see if the Portuguese international becomes the priority target for the Blaugrana.

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