Cruyff key as Barcelona remain in hunt for Real Sociedad midfielder Zubimendi

Barcelona remain in the hunt for Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.

Sport says Barça have approached the player’s camp. Sporting director Jordi Cruyff has intensified contact with Zubimendi’s agent, who he has had a direct relationship with for years.

Iñaki Ibáñez, Zudimendi’s agent, was also Cruyff’s when he was a player. He collaborated with Barça in other deals, too, such as the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free last January.

Barça saw Zubimendi’s recent renewal until 2027 as a good sign as his clause remains €60m.

The big question is if Barça will be able to negotiate that down or at least agree to a payment schedule or maybe even a player in part exchange.