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Liverpool should hijack ‘aggressive’ Arsenal transfer move for $64m ‘new Sergio Busquets’

While Wataru Endō has had an excellent season for Liverpool and Stefan Bajčetić is now back from injury, signing a holding midfielder in the summer should not be out of the question.

Endō is 31 and Bajčetić is so young that he will need taking care of over the next few seasons after so long out, so having another option in the middle of the pitch would be the ideal scenario. There are going to be so many games next year that there will be minutes for everyone.

And with that in mind, signing a player who has previously been linked with Liverpool could make a lot of sense, even with Arsenal being strongly linked with a move. La Liga side Real Sociedad has been one of the emerging bright sparks from Europe this season, having reached the Champions League round of 16, and much of its success has been down to Martín Zubimendi.

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It was reported by Football Transfers in February that Liverpool could be planning to challenge both Barcelona and Arsenal for his signature when the season came to a close. Now, Sport reports that Barcelona is concerned it will miss out because Arsenal has already begun negotiations with an ‘aggressive’ transfer pursuit.

Zubimendi has a $64m (£51m/€60m) release clause and Barcelona sees him as a possible successor for Sergio Busquets. But after recent release clause signings for Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, Liverpool should look to continue that trend.

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.

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