Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai has made a conclusive decision on where his future lies.
The Hungarian, tracked for years by Arsenal, saw his Red Bull Salzburg side drop out of the Champions League and into the Europa League group stages with defeat to Atletico Madrid on the final matchday, meanwhile RB Leipzig progressed to the knockout stages.
Following that fixture a decision has been made on his future, one confirmed by Sky Germany, that spells the end of the road for Arsenal.
The outlet state that Dominik Szoboszlai has decided to stay within the Red Bull family and join RB Leipzig in the upcoming January window.
"“Only the signature and the very last details are missing. However, all parties have agreed on the change. According to Sky Infos, Salzburg’s sports director Christoph Freund was in Leipzig this week to negotiate the deal. All sides want to officially announce the transfer before Christmas.”"
News of the 20-year-old’s decision will come as a hammer blow to not only Arsenal, but also the likes of AC Milan and Real Madrid, who’ve been tracking his progress.
A meagre £23m release clause enticed interested parties more than already before, with the cut-price deal a steal in the current market. With the race won by Julian Nagelsmann’s side, the pull of playing in the top echelons of European football has had its say.
Arsenal and Milan are in the Europa League and Madrid are faltering, while the added bonus of joining a German-speaking division – as mentioned before – has also had an impact in the decision.
It’s pretty terrible news for Arsenal, although any interest always had to be taken with a pinch of salt. Was Szoboszlai going to move to a club languishing in 15th place in the Premier League over Champions League regulars and Bundesliga challengers RB Leipzig? It was a push, even if the project could have enticed him.
What it does mean is that Arsenal must now move on. Looking at the positive side, a decision has been made swiftly in the month to allow for plenty of time to pursue other targets. Houssem Aouar would go down a treat right about now.
No crying over spilled milk, a decision has been made and we move on to the next target. Contingency plans exist for a reason.