With Sergio Busquets’ contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Martin Zubimendi is Xavi’s choice to replace the veteran. Barcelona are on the lookout for a long-term replacement and the 23-year-old midfielder is sitting on top of their list.
However, Manchester United are ready to enter the race to sign our target next summer, Mundo Deportivo reports.
Zubimendi has recently renewed his contract with Sociedad, penning a deal with a 60 million euros release clause until 2027.
Barca are also keeping tabs on Ruben Neves as a potential target. Acquiring him will be much easier than Zubimendi, as his contract clocks up in the summer of 2024.
While Joan Laporta prefers Neves, the midfielder is not Xavi’s priority for the defensive midfield role. The gaffer prefers Zubimendi and has made his stance clear to the board.