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Report: Arsenal make their move for priority midfield signing with £41m bid

Arsenal have taken a decisive step forward in the pursuit of their number one midfield target by submitting an initial offer of €50million (£41million), according to reports emerging from Europe.

This signals a robust intent to get their business done early.

The reported bid is for Martin Zubimendi. While this bid falls short of the €60million release clause, it underscores the London club’s commitment to reinforcing its midfield options ahead of the upcoming season.

The report originates from Tutto Juve, with Juventus also said to be heavily interested in the signing, but they are unlikely to be able to compete financially.

Zubimendi has long been on Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s radar, admired for his consistent performances and tactical intelligence in the pivotal number 6 role.

As the Gunners look to the future, Arteta views Zubimendi as a potential cornerstone in a revamped midfield structure, potentially succeeding the likes of Thomas Partey and Jorginho.

With Jorginho’s more static playstyle and Partey’s recent struggles with injuries, Arteta could line up with a dynamic midfield setup where Zubimendi could anchor, allowing Declan Rice to venture forward and continue to unlock his potential.

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Rice, known for his ability to break up play and initiate attacks, could find more opportunities to influence the game in advanced positions, adding depth and flexibility to Arsenal’s tactical approach.

This bold move by Arsenal may prompt a competitive response from other top clubs, sparking a potential bidding war for the young Spanish midfielder. Juventus, another club with a noted interest in Zubimendi, finds the asking price steep, potentially bowing out of the race due to financial constraints.

They could, in turn, turn to Arsenal’s Thomas Partey as a potential solution in their own hunt for a defensive midfielder.

 

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