Barcelona face Arsenal threat in Mikel Merino chase

Barcelona could face the threat of Arsenal in their pursuit of Mikel Merino, with the midfielder set to be available this summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo via Sport Witness, Barcelona face the threat of Arsenal in the race to sign Mikel Merino. The 28-year-old Spanish international is reportedly available for far less than his current release clause as he enters the final year of his deal with Real Sociedad.

Barcelona face Arsenal threat for Mikel Merino

Barcelona and Arsenal have seen links to Martin Zubimendi for many months or even a year, although the midfielder is not interested in joining the Gunners this summer. As for the Blaugrana, it is more of a finance issue in their attempts to sign the Real Sociedad midfielder.

Barcelona have met with Zubimendi’s agent, but their attempts to sign the midfielder may not be successful. In turn, they might have already switched their attention towards his teammate, 28-year-old Spanish international Mikel Merino.

Merino has a year left on his deal, and reports state that he does not want to renew with Sociedad. While he’s valued at €50 million, the midfielder might be available for a cheaper price, which is the primary reason for Barcelona’s interest.

However, they face a significant threat of luring the midfielder in light of Arsenal’s interest. The Gunners are not alone, as Atletico Madrid are also keen on Merino. With the North Londoners, he could have the chance to explore the Premier League again, and Mikel Arteta might feel he will suit their system.

Will Arsenal sign Merino?

Arsenal are in the market for a new midfielder and may view Merino’s vast experience as a key factor in this pursuit. Moreover, he could be available for a reasonable fee, meaning Arteta might see this as an investment the club made when they signed Thomas Partey many years ago.

Merino can play the box-to-box role and as a defensive midfielder, meaning he offers many options for Arteta. The same might be felt at Barcelona, who may have to begin making attempts to bring the 28-year-old Spanish international to Camp Nou before some other rivals, especially Arsenal, start knocking on Sociedad’s door.

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