Arsenal want (need) Dominik Szoboszlai.
Certain players, regardless of what a club may or may not need at the time, are opportunities not to be missed. In the case of Dominik Szoboszlai, his outstanding talent would improve the majority of sides on the continent.
In an inflated market – even during the current climate – when such a gifted footballer is available for a nominal fee of just £23m, a release clause that needn’t be negotiated, collective ears perk up ten-fold.
Arsenal are joined by AC Milan, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid in desiring his signature, although as per BILD, it’s RB Leipzig who are firm favourites to prize him away from Red Bull Salzburg.
The German publication have stated that the Hungarian is keen to leave as soon as January and not see out the rest of the season with the current Austrian Bundesliga leaders. A notoriously difficult window to operate in, his availability and willingness to further his career elsewhere make him the target of the upcoming winter period.
RB Leipzig are determined to avoid a repeat of what took place back in January this year, where their hesitancy saw them slip up in the chase for Erling Haaland, who joined rivals Borussia Dortmund for £17.1m – his buyout clause.
Better prepared this time, Arsenal could be pushed further down the pecking order given the Red Bull owned sides’ obvious close ties. Out of their control, any efforts at this point may well be futile, but shouldn’t be abandoned entirely.
Previously mentioned that a move within the ‘German speaking world’ would suit the 20-year-old, Arsenal will need to use the tricks they have up their sleeves: Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi. Even the captain knows his way around the language. It’s the only way.
This saga is far from over but sources beyond Arsenal’s control may have a telling say. The recruitment team are, we hear, working on Szoboszlai’s case, however, without encouragement from team performances, try as they might no player would be enticed by the Gunners’ current style.
Unless, of course, he sees himself as the saviour to Arsenal’s woes. Mikel Arteta has a case the plead.