Chelsea transfer news: £52m player has his heart set on joining Arsenal, after links with Chelsea

Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi reportedly has his heart set on joining Arsenal this summer.

Zubimendi, 23, is a deep-lying midfielder that’s been linked with a potential a move to Chelsea recently.

Journalist Simon Phillips explained to GiveMeSport last month that Chelsea registered an interest in signing Zubimendi by contact his agent.

However, claims that the Blues could sign the one-time capped Spain international now seem at risk.

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Martin Zubimendi speculation

According to the Daily Mail, Zubimendi now has his heart set on a move to the Emriates Stadium in the summer to become an Arsenal player.

It is understood that the central midfielder doesn’t want to leave Sociedad mid-season, which is why he’s more likely to make a move to England at the end of the campaign.

The report explains that Arsenal have already agreed to pay the player’s £52.5million release clause.

Despite interest from Barcelona, Zubimendi wants a transfer to north London to join the Premier League leaders.

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For Chelsea, it sounds like signing Zubimendi is a long shot.

The Blues have been strongly linked with a few midfielders during the January transfer window, such as Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, but Sociedad’s 23-year-old star has not been a hot topic for conversation.

There’s no doubt Graham Potter’s side are going to need some new signings in the centre of the park during 2023.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.