Man Utd ready to activate release clause of 23-year-old La Liga midfield star

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Manchester United are interested in signing Martin Zubimendi from La Liga side Real Sociedad.

The Red Devils recruited Christian Eriksen and Casemiro in the summer, but they are still looking to strengthen their midfield.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are targeting Zubimendi, who usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but is also comfortable in a more advanced role.

The 23-year-old has a contract with the Basque club until June 2025, however, Man United could trigger his £51.4m release clause.

Zubimendi has featured in 16 games for Real Sociedad this season, including two appearances against Man United in the Europa League group stage.

Barcelona are also believed to be interested after identifying Zubimendi as a potential replacement for Sergio Busquets, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United reportedly failed in their attempt to swap Donny van de Beek for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.

The entire Juventus board recently resigned amid an investigation by police relating into charges relating to false accounting and market manipulation

According to The Sun, Juventus directors were subjected to wiretaps for over a year, and evidence retrieved from the investigation suggested that Man United tried to negotiate a swap deal involving Van de Beek.

The report claims that the Red Devils looked into the possibility of swapping the dutchman with McKennie in August 2021, but the move did not go through.

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