Former Spain midfielder Thiago Alcántara has yet to make an appearance on the pitch this season and is constantly out injured, as is the case every season. The 32-year-old midfielder, who spends most of his time off the bench despite being one of the highest paid players in the team, is expected to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.
Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo, who was acquired last summer, is already 30 years old, and his time at the forefront of the team will not be long. Alexis Mac Allister is also being touted as an inside half, and 19-year-old midfielder Stefan Bajcetic has a habit of getting injured.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been getting more and more time at the bottom of midfield recently, but rumors of acquiring a defensive midfielder, such as Fluminense midfielder Andre, have not disappeared.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool are interested in Real Sociedad midfielder Martín Zubimendi.
Aston Villa, also in the Premier League, is also interested in the 24-year-old midfielder, whose new contract, which runs through 2022, includes a €60 million buyout clause, which any club wishing to acquire him would have to pay an equivalent amount.
He grew up in Real Sociedad’s lower divisions and was promoted to the first team in 2020. He has been on the pitch in 172 games for the club so far this season, and has been a mainstay of the team, scoring four goals and assisting one in 29 games.
He has played six full games not only in Spain but also in the Champions League against Inter Milan and Benfica.
Even though he has a low center of gravity, he has plenty of stamina and can carry the ball forward on his own from the ball. He is a good chance-maker with his long feeds and penalty area, and his presence is felt both offensively and defensively. He has developed into one of La Liga’s leading defensive midfielders.
For now, no moves have been made for the Spanish midfielder, who plays at the bottom of midfield. Other rumors of a move, which were active at the end of 2023, have died down, and it is said that Liverpool is targeting a center-back.
Will Liverpool really start to acquire a defensive midfielder, which is not a high priority…?