Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for a recent Barcelona transfer target, potentially marking the first signing under a potential reign by Xabi Alonso.
Even before Jürgen Klopp’s successor is determined, the Reds are said to be strategizing future additions to the squad under the next manager. With Xabi Alonso strongly tipped to take charge, Liverpool may coincide his arrival with the acquisition of a player from his former club, Real Sociedad.
Real Sociedad have emerged as a standout performer in Europe this season, securing a spot in the Champions League Round of 16 against Paris Saint-Germain. Martín Zubimendi has played a pivotal role in their success.
Liverpool are reportedly considering challenging both Barcelona and Arsenal for Zubimendi’s signature, according to the latest reports.
According to FootballTransfers, the Reds are prepared to activate his $64m (£51m/€60m) release clause in the summer, with the club looking to make a statement signing at the base of midfield.
While Liverpool are not the only club interested, the potential arrival of Xabi Alonso would surely provide an advantage, given Zubimendi, who is compared to both Alonso and Sergio Busquets, has worked under the former Liverpool midfielder before.
After recent release clause signings for Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, it looks as though Liverpool are looking to continue that trend — and a move for Zubimendi would certainly be a positive one.
Barcelona would likely have made a move for him if its financial situation allowed, with the Blaugrana still on the lookout for a successor to Busquets, and it is clear why Zubimendi is on the radar.
Zubimendi is consistently calm under pressure in central areas, demonstrating a high level of decision-making. One of the best aspects of his game is his ability to play direct passes into dangerous areas.
The 25-year-old would help maintain control in difficult games while contributing to attacks with balls into the likes of Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah.
The uncertainty surrounding Thiago Alcântara’s future has intensified following his recent injury, raising questions about whether he remains a viable option, especially under Xabi Alonso’s management.
With injuries becoming increasingly frequent at this stage of his career, allowing him to depart as a free agent could be a logical decision.
In light of this, signing Zubimendi, who is on the cusp of his prime, could prove to be a prudent move, particularly if he aligns well with the club’s managerial style. However, paramount to any transfer activity is the necessity for stability within the team.
The departure of Jürgen Klopp has led to speculation about the futures of key players like Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, both of whom, along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, are nearing the end of their contracts.
A significant $64m transfer would not only signal intent from FSG but also reassure any incoming manager of the board’s support, especially if Alonso were to take the reins, making it an ideal scenario.