On March 18th, we covered claims explaining that Arsenal are in the front row to sign Real Sociedad’s Martín Zubimendi in the summer window.

Later that month, Sky Deutschland stated Bayern Munich have dropped out of the race as they find his €60m asking price ‘too expensive’.

That hasn’t stopped today’s Sport from naming the Bundesliga side as a candidate, along with Arsenal and Barcelona, for the midfielder.

Journalist Carlos Monfort stated Barca sporting director Deco met with the 25-year-old’s agent on Monday to discuss a possible deal. He also reported the only way for them to sign him is by exercising the €60m clause.

Sport relay that and then give their own take on this case. It’s claimed the clause makes the player ‘only a dream’ for the Catalan club since they have to overcome several obstacles before being able to invest €60m.

Therefore, it would ‘make more sense’ for the Spain international to consider Arsenal or Bayern, as these two clubs have him on their agenda for the next window. The Gunners and the Bavarian club ‘have room for manoeuvre’, to carry out his signing.

Last summer, Zubimendi stayed at La Real in order to play in the Champions League, which he can’t do with them next season. That could be one of the factors for him to consider leaving Real Sociedad in the next window.

Sport say the Spaniard is ‘seduced by the Premier League’ and this will give Mikel Arteta’s side an edge in the transfer chase.

Earlier claims had stated Bayern have dropped out of the race for Zubimendi, while Sport state Barca can’t afford to pay this fee as of now. In other words, Arsenal have a clear advantage.